June 2019

Partner Michael Paglione, at the onset of trial, recently settled a case involving a 48-year-old male who sustained significant injuries in a 2012 motor vehicle accident.

The victim was injured when a motor vehicle suddenly and without warning veered from the left turn lane into the right travel lane, striking the driver’s side of the Plaintiff’s 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. As a result of the accident, the victim suffered injuries to the cervical and lumbar regions of his spine requiring three separate surgeries. Notwithstanding the surgical interventions, Plaintiff continues to experience traumatic low back pain requiring ongoing pain management treatment.

As a result of the injuries, the Plaintiff’s quality of life has been significantly limited. His neurological surgeon has opined that the victim’s condition prevents him currently and in the future from gainful employment causing substantial economic hardship. Many of the social activities enjoyed by the victim prior to the accident have been curtailed or entirely eliminated. Plaintiff continues to require pain medication as a sleep aid.

Michael, in preparation for trial, utilized the services of a licensed professional vocational counselor in determining past and future economic losses suffered by the victim resulting from the accident.

The parties agreed to the $700,000 settlement shortly after the beginning of trial.

If you have been injured in an accident please contact Michael Paglione at mpaglione@szaferman.com or  call (609) 275-0400.