Richard Villanova represented a 45 year old woman who was a passenger in a motor vehicle that was struck by a livery cab on Bergenline Avenue in Union City, NJ. Our client reinjured her neck and back from a prior motor vehicle accident that had occurred six months prior to this accident. Because the client had selected the Limitation on Lawsuit Threshold in her insurance coverage, Rich had to prove that the herniated disc in her low back was caused by this accident and that a herniated disc in her neck from the first accident was made worse as a result of the second accident. Rich also had to prove that the injuries were permanent and one related to the second accident. The defense presented medical evidence that neither herniated disc was related to the accident, that her injuries were not permanent, and refused to make an offer of settlement. The jury found that our client's injuries were permanent and related to the accident and awarded $300,000.
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