A limousine driver was navigating Newark Airport in Newark, New Jersey, when he was struck by another car. He hired the Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. law firm and Partner Marc C. Saperstein as his personal injury lawyer. Partner Marc C. Saperstein proved that the other driver was negligent in her failure to safely and attentively operate her car, and our client won a $554,201.57 settlement.
Our client was meeting his passenger at Pickup Area 4 of Newark Airport’s Terminal C. When he saw his passenger standing at the curb, he tried to change lanes to reach them. At the same time, a rideshare driver accelerated her car and struck our client’s limo. Partner Marc C. Saperstein retained an accident reconstructionist to investigate and determine which driver was liable for the accident. The expert witness determined that the rideshare driver was driving negligently because she had not observed our client performing a lane change. Partner Marc C. Saperstein sued the rideshare company in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The lawsuit claimed that the rideshare driver’s inattentiveness caused our client’s injuries and the resulting medical bills and loss of income.
Our client’s injuries included several disc bulges and herniations throughout his cervical and lumbar spine. His case was complicated by the fact that he had suffered two disc bulges and a herniation from a car accident three years prior. However, his personal injury attorney proved that the most recent accident both aggravated the pre-existing injuries, and caused new permanent injuries.
The limo driver first tried various forms of conservative treatment, including physical therapy and acupuncture. He later received epidural steroid injections, but when his pain continued, he underwent surgeries: an L5-S1 and L3-L4 discectomy. Our client continued to attend physical therapy post-operatively.
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. partner Marc C. Saperstein ensured that the client received proper compensation for his pain and suffering, in the form of a $554,201.57 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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Cervical spine: The first seven vertebrae in the spine.
Lumbar spine: The lower back, containing five vertebrae.
Bulging disc: An extension of disc tissue past the edge of the vertebrae.
Disc herniation: Occurs when the exterior of a disc cracks and its nucleus pushes into the spinal canal and irritates surrounding nerves.
Epidural injection: The injection of anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space in the spine.
Discectomy: A surgical procedure that removes the disc and the disc material pressing on the spine.