New Jersey Woman Accepts $960,000 for Injuries Sustained in a Van Accident
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Van Struck by Vehicle Making a Sudden Left Turn
A New Jersey woman accepted a $960,000 settlement for injuries she sustained in an automobile accident.
Jane Reynolds (real name withheld for privacy) was a passenger in a wheelchair-equipped van when the van was struck by another vehicle that made a sudden left turn in front of the van. Ms. Reynolds, 55 years of age at the time of the accident, had been a paraplegic since the age of sixteen. Despite being wheelchair bound, she led a very full and independent life. As a result of the accident, she sustained a bicondylar right tibial plateau fracture, fibula fracture, comminuted displaced intraarticular fracture of the right distal radius, and a supracondylar fracture of the right femur.
The defense argued that the injuries were not significant because Ms. Reynolds was a paraplegic prior to the accident and had not suffered any significant additional disability due to the accident-related injuries. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., argued that, in fact, the injuries that plaintiff sustained were more devastating to her then they would be to others as they caused her to lose the independence that she was able to enjoy prior to the accident. Significantly, they were able to successfully argue that her wrist injury robbed her of her independence as she was no longer able to transfer in and out of her chair.
With a trial date looming, the parties mediated the case for two days in front of a retired judge before reaching the $960,000 settlement agreement.
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