$3,250,000 Motor Vehicle/Trucking Accident
Date: Winter 2020
Attorney: John E. Molinari, Esq.
Practice Area: Motor Vehicle/Trucking Accident
John E. Molinari represented a 46 year old man who was driving his car on a two lane road when struck almost head-on by a tow truck that crossed into his lane of travel. Plaintiff suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage; severe traumatic brain injury; prolonged loss of consciousness/coma; significant comminuted fractures of the bilateral femurs; comminuted lateral tibial plateau fracture with liphemarthrosis; displaced Lisfranc fracture dislocation; tarsometatarsal fracture dislocation; and multiple fractured ribs. Plaintiff’s severe and permanent injuries required numerous invasive procedures including twist drill hole and placement of intracranial pressure monitor; retrograde nailing of right femoral shaft fracture; open reduction and internal fixation of right tibial plateau fracture with open repair of lateral meniscus tear; closed reduction and percutaneous fixation of first tarsometatarsal joint; and retrograde nailing of right femoral shaft fracture.
The main issue during the litigation was plaintiff’s alleged failure to use his seat belt and whether that contributed to his injuries. Each side had retained experts after multiple witness depositions were taken. Eventually the experts were deposed. Just prior to trial the parties agreed to mediation and the case settled for $3,250,000.00.