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

Passenger Rear-Ended by Commercial Truck–$400,000 Settlement

While driving south on Route 1&9 in Jersey City, New Jersey, a woman in a Honda Civic was rear-ended by a commercial truck driver. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partner Marc C. Saperstein persevered in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, and proved that the semi-truck driver was negligent in his failure to drive carefully and attentively, securing our client a $400,000 settlement.

The injured client was taken by ambulance to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, New Jersey. Partner Marc C. Saperstein also represented our client in an accident that had occurred a year before. This accident aggravated the client’s prior injuries in her neck and back, which included three disc herniations in her lumbar spine. To treat her aggravated herniations, she first tried conservative treatment, which involved chiropractic care and multiple rounds of epidural steroid injections, bilateral nerve root blocks, and medial branch blocks. When she continued to struggle with her injuries, the client underwent a posterior lateral fusion with instrumentation and a laminectomy. She also completed months of physical therapy.

Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. hired medical experts to author narrative reports proving the permanent nature of our client’s injuries. The experts’ reports helped Partner Marc C. Saperstein prove that the client’s injuries from the first accident had worsened, and she had to undergo treatment directly because of the second accident.

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 Bulge: A disc bulge happens when the cushion-like discs in the spine push outward beyond their normal position. It can cause pressure on nearby nerves, leading to pain, tingling, or weakness. Treatment for a disc bulge may include physical therapy, medication, or in severe cases, surgery.

Disc Herniation: A condition where the soft cushion-like disc between the bones of the spine gets damaged and bulges out. This can happen due to wear and tear or an injury. When the disc herniates, it can press on the nerves in the spine, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the back, neck, or legs.

Epidural Injection: A medical procedure used to relieve pain in the back or legs. It involves injecting medication into the epidural space, a space near the spinal cord. The medication helps reduce inflammation and numbs the nerves, providing temporary pain relief.

Medial Branch Block: A medical procedure used to diagnose and treat pain originating from the facet joints in the spine. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is injected near the medial branches of the spinal nerves that supply the facet joints. This numbs the nerves and temporarily blocks pain signals, helping to determine if the facet joints are the source of the pain. It can also provide temporary pain relief, guiding further treatment options.

Nerve Root Block: A medical procedure used to alleviate pain caused by irritated or compressed nerves in the spine. During the procedure, a local anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medication is injected near the affected nerve root. This helps to numb the nerve and reduce inflammation, providing temporary relief from pain and allowing for further diagnostic evaluation or conservative treatments.

Posterior Lateral Fusion: A surgical procedure performed to stabilize and fuse together two or more vertebrae in the spine. It involves the placement of bone grafts and possibly implants, such as screws and rods, along the posterior and lateral aspects of the spine. This procedure promotes the fusion of the vertebrae, reducing pain, improving spinal stability, and preventing abnormal movement between the affected vertebrae.