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$242,500 Award for a Motor Vehicle Accident

August 1, 2017

Denville, NJ

Christopher L. Musmanno, Esq., Chair of the Personal Injury Department and Certified Civil Trial Attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick, PC in Denville, NJ, announces a $242,500 settlement for a motor vehicle accident.

In January 2016, while in the course of his employment, plaintiff was the operator of a work truck when defendant crossed over the center line of the roadway, directly in front of Plaintiff’s path of travel, violently striking Plaintiff’s vehicle head-on. Plaintiff immediately sought treatment, complaining of pain to his neck.

Plaintiff had some prior history regarding his neck at the time of this accident. He was involved in a prior accident in July 2014 wherein he sustained a biconcave disc herniation with indentation of the ventral margin of the cord and proximal bilateral foraminal stenosis and thereafter underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery at C5-6, in July 2015. However, his neck condition improved before the happening of this accident of January 2016. When Plaintiff’s neck pain persisted, he returned to his neurosurgeon who recommended plaintiff undergo a posterior cervical fusion and in April 2016, plaintiff underwent application of cranial skull pins for traction; right iliac crest bone graft through a separate skin incision; C5-6 posterior cervical fusion; and C5-6 bilateral instrumentation with lateral mass screws and rods. Plaintiff thereafter consulted with his neurosurgeon post operatively, but no additional treatment was recommended.

Defendant possessed a policy with a limit of liability for bodily injury in the amount of $250,000.00. The case settled at a Settlement Conference for the amount of $242,500.00.

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