Paul Cordella, attorney with Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, recently settled a case for $1,050,000.00 during private mediation, for a husband and wife injured when their car was sideswiped by a van.
The plaintiffs, ages 46 and 47, both suffered neck and back injuries as a result of the crash. The husband, who was driving, also suffered a shoulder and ankle injury, which ultimately required him to undergo two surgical procedures. The wife, a passenger in the vehicle, had previously undergone back surgery several years prior to this accident. As a result of the crash, Paul was able to successfully argue that her back surgery failed, and she was required to undergo a revision surgery to correct the failure. Unfortunately, that revision surgery resulted in a serious infection, which required her to undergo another procedure to clear.
The defendants argued that the impact to the plaintiffs’ vehicle was minor, and did not cause the injuries claimed by the plaintiffs. They also argued that both the husband and wife’s injuries were as a result of preexisting and degenerative conditions. During extensive negotiations in private mediation, Paul successfully rebutted the defendants’ arguments and was able to obtain settlements for the wife in the amount of $750,000 and for the husband in the amount of $300,000.