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

Loss-Of-Control Car Accident Causes Young Man Back Injuries—$850,000 Settlement

In Paramus, New Jersey, a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree, causing our client, who was a passenger, to sustain serious injuries. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partner Samuel L. Davis proved that the driver had operated the vehicle inattentively and negligently, securing our client a $850,000 settlement.

The man used a ride-sharing app to request a ride from Allendale to the Megabus Station in Manhattan, New York. They were driving in the leftmost lane on Route 17 South when the driver noticed that his vehicle was moving left towards the center barrier of the highway. The driver steered right to move away from the barrier, but his excessive speed caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle went across three lanes and the shoulder of the highway. The driver attempted to steer left, but that caused the tail end of the vehicle to swing out and hit the curb of the shoulder, and then a nearby tree. Our client had been seated at the rear of the vehicle, and lost consciousness upon impact. When he regained consciousness, he was unable to stand and was transported to the Hackensack University Medical Center by ambulance.

Our client suffered injuries to his cervical and lumbar spine, including bulging discs and fractures. His right shoulder sustained a traumatic rupture of his rotator cuff, a glenoid labrum tear/detachment, and he developed tendinosis in several tendons. In his right hip, he suffered a torn labrum and tendinitis.

For his spinal injuries, our client underwent bilateral epidural injections. For his shoulder he initially received a cortisone injection, but when his pain continued, he underwent an arthroscopy. The arthroscopy included debridement, a limited synovectomy, distal clavicle excision, and the surgical implantation of a PEEK pushlock implant. To treat his hip, our client received a left sacroiliac joint steroid injection using fluoroscopic guidance. When his pain continued, he underwent another arthroscopy, which included a synovectomy, debridement of the labral tears, and chondroplasty. He also underwent several months of physical therapy for his various injuries.

The firm hired orthopedic experts to author narratives and provide testimony affirming the permanent nature of our client’s injuries. Their support helped personal injury attorney Samuel L. Davis prove the client’s need for financial 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 $850,000 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

Lumbar Spine: The lower back, containing five vertebrae.

Cervical Spine: The first seven vertebrae in the spine.

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

Rotator Cuff Rupture: A full-thickness rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuffs are comprised of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joints.

Glenoid Labrum Tear/Detachment: A tear in the thick line of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket.

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection: An injection used to treat sacroiliac joint pain in the hip, by injecting numbing medicine and steroid medicine.

Arthroscopy: A surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to complete a procedure by inserting a small camera through a small incision.

Synovectomy: A surgical procedure that removes the synovial tissue surrounding a joint.

Chondroplasty: A surgical procedure that aims to repair damaged cartilage.

Debridement: A procedure to remove dead tissue from an injury or wound.

Distal Clavicle Excision: A procedure used to treat shoulder impingement by removing the distal end of the clavicle.

Epidural Injection: The injection of anti-inflammatory medicine into an epidural space.