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

Rear-End Collision on Route 4 – $400,000 Settlement

While merging onto Route 4 from Rockwood Place, in Hackensack, New Jersey, a man was rear-ended by another driver. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Partners Garry R. Salomon and Adam B. Lederman filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, proved that the rear-ending driver had been negligent in her failure to drive attentively, and won the client a $400,000 settlement.

The man did not seek immediate hospital care, even though he suffered injuries to his neck and back. The car accident aggravated a prior disc bulge in his cervical spine, and caused him to suffer an annular tear and radiculopathy in his lumbar spine. He also suffered from anterior displacement of his right temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). To treat his spine, our client underwent several epidural steroid injections before undergoing a percutaneous discectomy. The man also treated with a chiropractor and underwent months of physical therapy and acupuncture.

Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. hired medical experts to examine the client and author narrative reports describing his injuries and proving their permanent nature. Their reports helped Partners Garry R. Salomon and Adam B. Lederman prove that our client deserved financial compensation for his pain and suffering.

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:

Annular tear: An annular tear is a small tear or crack in the outer ring (annulus) of an intervertebral disc in the spine. This can cause pain and discomfort in the back and may lead to herniation of the inner disc material.

Anterior Displacement of Temporomandibular Joint: Anterior displacement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) occurs when the jaw joint shifts forward from its normal position, often causing jaw pain, clicking, and difficulty in opening and closing the mouth.

Cervical Spine: The cervical spine refers to the upper part of the spine, including the neck region, consisting of seven vertebrae that support the head and allow for head movement.

Disc Bulge: A disc bulge occurs when the soft cushion (intervertebral disc) between the bones in the spine protrudes outward, causing mild discomfort and potential pressure on nearby nerves.

Epidural Steroid Injection: An epidural steroid injection is a medical procedure where anti-inflammatory medicine, such as a steroid, is injected into the epidural space around the spinal cord to reduce pain and inflammation, often used to treat conditions like herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

Lumbar Spine: The lumbar spine is the lower part of the spine, consisting of five vertebrae, which support the upper body and allow for bending and twisting movements.

Percutaneous Discectomy: Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat herniated discs. It involves removing a portion of the damaged disc material to relieve pressure on nearby nerves and reduce pain.

Radiculopathy: Radiculopathy is a condition where a spinal nerve root is compressed, often due to a herniated disc or bone spur. This compression can cause pain, numbness, and weakness that radiates along the path of the affected nerve, often down an arm or leg.

Traumatic Brain Injury: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a head injury caused by trauma or a blow to the head, leading to damage in the brain. TBIs can vary in severity, causing a range of symptoms from mild concussions to more serious impairments in cognitive, physical, and emotional functions.