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$1,850,000 Settlement for Fractured Leg

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The County of Monmouth agrees to pay $1.85 Million for leg injuries sustained by a 62-year-old Cliffwood Beach resident. The resident suffered an injury in a crash with a Monmouth County Senior Citizen Transport Bus. Lou DeVoto handled the case for Rossetti & DeVoto. Find out more about this settlement for a fractured leg.

What occurred?

The defendant negligently pulled from a stop sign. Then, the defendant drove the bus directly into the path of RD’s client. RD’s client had no ability to avoid the crushing impact. While RD’s client testified that the bus pulled directly into her path of travel, the defendant bus driver claimed the plaintiff caused the crash by speeding. The crash caused severe, comminuted and displaced fractures to our client’s right leg. Moreover, it required internal and external fixation. That resulted in multiple hospitalizations and rehabilitative care, five surgical procedures, repeated infections and debridement procedures, wound care, and a 1″ leg-length discrepancy. Upon discharge, RD’s client lived with relatives for several years. This was before selling her home and moving to an adult community. The community provided assistance with meals and transportation if necessary.

DeVoto filed an emergent action against the county to preserve evidence. He then retained accident reconstructionist, David Benn, to inspect the scene, examine the vehicles and re-create the crash; before the key evidence underwent destruction and before the crash scene changed. DeVoto also uncovered records that showed that the bus driver had a poor driving record. And, was cleaning buses just a few years earlier. Despite her poor driving record, the County failed to remove the driver from the roadway until after the crash. Had the case gone to trial, DeVoto stated: “we were prepared to demonstrate through our experts and witnesses that the defendant caused the crash and that our client’s fracture was severe and resulted in her being permanently disabled and in need of assistance with her future needs and activities of daily living.”

Conclusion and the Settlement

Most of the compensation was paid for pain and suffering as it was confirmed that she met the social security disability requirements and the client was awarded Social Security Disability for her lost wages and only had $30,000 in unpaid medical bills. The defense claimed the plaintiff’s health was already weak after contracting the swine flu years earlier compromising her physical abilities before the crash.

The settlement for fractured leg ended shortly before the three-week trial was on the schedule after a series of mediations presided over by the Honorable James Clyne, Retired Superior Court Judge in Ocean County. RD’s Melissa Mark assisted in all aspects of the case including the mediation memorandum.

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Lou DeVoto and Andy Rossetti have been included in the New Jersey's Best Lawyers list for Personal Injury Litigation. This is the 16th year in a row that each attorney has been listed in the elite rankings.

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