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

Driver Rear-Ended By Man Driving While Intoxicated—$650,000 Settlement

In New York City, a male driver was rear-ended at the intersection of Fulton Street and West Street. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partner Samuel L. Davis proved that the other driver had been driving negligently and secured our client a $650,000 settlement.

Our client had been stopped at the intersection’s red light for approximately 1-2 minutes when another vehicle rear-ended him, propelling his vehicle forward into the car in front of him. The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended him was later arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

The accident caused extensive damage to our client’s cervical spine. It resulted in a disc bulge, two disc herniations, and foraminal stenosis in multiple vertebrae. To treat his spine, he underwent three surgeries. The first was an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion; the second included partial laminectomies, as well as posterior cervical fusion and posterior cervical instrumentation; and the third was the removal of the instrumentation and the augmentation of the fusion done in the second surgery. Following the accident, our client also underwent various forms of therapy, including physical therapy, massage therapy, and cognitive therapy.

The firm hired medical practitioners to independently examine our client and to serve as expert witnesses. They produced narratives and gave written and oral testimony that helped personal injury attorney Samuel L. Davis prove the permanent nature of our client’s injuries.

On behalf of our client, Partner Samuel L. Davis also hired an economics expert to assess the extent of the financial damages suffered. The expert determined that our client had lost several hundred thousand dollars in lifetime earnings after the accident. The expert’s report helped prove our client’s need for monetary compensation.

Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partner Samuel L. Davis filed suit in the Bergen County Superior Court and fought to ensure that our client received proper compensation for his injuries, pain, and suffering. Through his efforts, our client was able to receive a $650,000 settlement.

Settlements are often limited by the total available insurance coverage. Insurance company adjusters and their lawyers often defend cases by claiming that a client was negligent and could have avoided being injured by arguing comparative negligence on the part of an injured client; or that their pain and suffering was caused by pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries. Despite those defenses, the Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC lawyers won their client’s injury claim. Each client’s case is unique. Results may differ because of different facts, circumstances and available insurance coverage.

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Medical Glossary

Cervical Spine: The first seven vertebrae in the spine.

Disc Bulge: An extension of disc tissue past the edge of the vertebrae.

Disc Herniation: A greater amount of tissue extension compared to a bulging disc.

Foraminal Stenosis: The narrowing or tightening of the openings between vertebrae.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A surgical procedure that removes the disc and the disc material pressing on the spine, and then fuses the spine together with a graft.

Partial Laminectomy: The surgical procedure that removes part of the lamina (the back of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal); also known as decompression surgery.