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

Motorcyclist Struck by Car Making Left Turn – $489,526.23 Settlement

In Cranford, New Jersey, a motorcyclist was struck by a car making a left-hand turn at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Lincoln Avenue East. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partner Paul A. Garfield filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, proved the driver’s negligence in failing to yield to the motorcyclist, and won our client a $489,526.23 settlement.

The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He suffered injuries to his right arm and both legs, including a distal radius fracture, closed tibial shaft fracture, subtrochanteric femur fracture, and an open displaced tibial plateau fracture. He also developed bilateral foot drop, and had to undergo multiple surgeries, including a reconstruction procedure on his left proximal tibia.

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:

Bilateral Foot Drop: Bilateral foot drop is a medical condition where both feet are affected, causing weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the front part of the foot, leading to difficulty walking or a “stepping on toes” gait.

Distal Radius Fracture: A distal radius fracture is a break in the larger of the two bones in the forearm, near the wrist. It is a common injury and can result from falls or trauma to the hand or arm.

Open Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture: An open displaced tibial plateau fracture is a serious injury where the top surface of the shinbone (tibia) is fractured and the broken bones are no longer aligned properly. “Open” means the bone has broken through the skin, and “displaced” means the bone fragments have shifted out of their normal position. This type of fracture often requires surgery to realign and stabilize the bones for proper healing.

Subtrochanteric Femur Fracture: A subtrochanteric femur fracture is a break in the thigh bone (femur) just below the hip joint. It is a significant injury that may require surgery to repair and stabilize the bone, and it typically occurs due to high-energy trauma, such as car accidents or falls from height.