Largest Reported NJ Personal Injury Settlement during the Court’s 2022-2023 term

Client Suffers Serious Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accident $1.5 Million Dollar Settlement

A motor vehicle accident in New York injured a woman sitting in the passenger seat of a stopped car. After Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. partner Marc C. Saperstein proved that the driver of the other car was negligent in causing the accident, the case was settled within the policy limits of a $1.5 million dollar settlement.

Our client was stopped at a traffic light when she was violently rear-ended. The New York City Police Department responded to the accident scene. An ambulance took the injured car passenger to a local hospital.

Our client suffered numerous injuries from the accident, including a labral tear in her shoulder, multiple herniated discs in her cervical spine—located at C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7—and a herniated disc in her lumbar spine. She also lost full range of motion in her shoulder. After returning to the doctor, she began physical therapy and chiropractic care.

As a result of her injuries, our client received multiple epidural steroid injections to the spine, underwent seven pain management procedures—one of which included a medial branch block in her lumbar spine—trigger point injections, and an arthroscopic Bankart repair surgery to her shoulder tear. When the spinal injections did not work, she received two spinal fusions: a lumbar fusion at L4-L5 and a cervical discectomy and fusion at C5-C6.

Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. partner Marc C. Saperstein and his team were successful on a motion of summary judgment on liability against the defendant driver.

The legal team also obtained a vocational expert to evaluate the future employability of our client. He based his findings on factors such as age, education, and past work experience and would testify to the future financial loss that the woman would suffer due to the accident.

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Medical Glossary:

Arthroscopic Bankart Repair Surgery: an effective procedure to treat patients that have anterior shoulder instability; re-anchors a torn piece of cartilage to the shoulder

Cervical Discectomy: a surgery to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck

Cervical Spine: the neck region of the spine; consists of seven bones

Epidural Steroid Injections: a minimally invasive procedure that can relieve neck, arm, back and leg pain; delivers steroids via a needle

Herniated Disc: a portion of the disc, which acts as a shock absorber for the spinal bones, is pushed into the spinal canal

Labral Tear: a tear in the cartilage in the shoulder joint; can be either completely off the bone or within the actual cartilage

Lumbar Spine: the lower back; consists of five bones

Medial Branch Block: a type of spinal injection to temporarily block the pain signals coming from the nerves found in the joints of the spine

Spinal Fusions: surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine, eliminating motion between them

Trigger Point Injections: a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax