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

NJCU College Student T-Boned by Box Truck—$600,000 Settlement

In North Bergen, New Jersey, a 19-year-old college student was driving north on Tonnelle Avenue when he was T-boned by a box truck. The box truck was pulling out of a Shell gas station and onto Tonnelle Avenue when it hit our client. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partner Samuel L. Davis proved that the driver of the box truck had been driving inattentively, carelessly, and negligently, and secured our client a $600,000 settlement.

The collision caused such extensive damage to our client’s vehicle that it needed to be towed from the scene of the accident. Our client sustained several spinal injuries. He was diagnosed with a disc herniation and annular tear at the L5-S1 level. To treat his spine, he underwent several epidural injections, a selective nerve root block, and is a candidate for an L5-S1 laminectomy and microdiscectomy.

The firm hired medical practitioners to serve as expert witnesses and to write reports proving the permanent nature of these injuries. Their testimonies and reports showed that these injuries were causally related to the crash and the past and future medical costs of treating them justified significant financial compensation.

Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. partner Samuel L. Davis sued both the truck driver and the truck driver’s employer in the Superior Court of New Jersey. He ensured that our client received proper compensation for his injuries, pain, and suffering, in the form of a $600,000 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

Disc Herniation: Occurs when the exterior of a disc cracks and its nucleus pushes into the spinal canal and irritates surrounding nerves.

Annual Tear: A fissure that occurs in an intervertebral disc as a result of spine degeneration.

Epidural Injection: The injection of anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space in the spine.

Nerve Root Blocks: The injection of a local anesthetic and steroid to block pain signals that travel down specific nerves.

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

Microdiscectomy: A minimally invasive surgery that involves removing portions of the affected herniated disc.