$250,000 Rear-End Accident

Date: Winter 2020
Attorney: John E. Molinari, Esq.
Settlement: $250,000.00
Practice Area: Motor Vehicle Accident

John E. Molinari represented a 37 year old woman who was the owner and operator of a motor vehicle that was involved in a rear-end accident on Route 22 East in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Plaintiff’s injuries included a one level anterior cervical fusion.

John successfully filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on liability. It was more than three years after the subject accident and failed conservative treatment that the plaintiff underwent the fusion just before the close of discovery. The defendant challenged the causal relationship of that surgery to the subject motor vehicle accident since the plaintiff had three prior motor vehicle accidents and had undergone treatment on her neck following all of those prior collisions. Plaintiff’s operating surgeon did a comparison of the damage from the prior accidents and opined that they caused 50% of her pain and resulting need for surgery and 50% was caused by the subject accident. This matter settled prior to an arbitration hearing for the total sum of $250,000.00, which was the policy limits of the defendant.