$1,350,000.00 Settlement For 47 Year Old Brooklyn Livery Cab Driver That Sustained a Neck Injury in Rear-End Collision

Plaintiff was working as livery driver at the time of this rear-end collision. Plaintiff claimed he was stopped at a red light on Bedford Avenue where it intersects with Putnam Avenue when suddenly, without warning, he was struck in the rear by a truck. The truck driver claimed that he was stopped behind plaintiff at the red light on Bedford Avenue when the light turned green and plaintiff began to move and then stopped suddenly causing defendant to strike plaintiff in the rear. The truck driver further claimed that plaintiff was on his cell phone and not paying attention while operating his vehicle. The defense also produced an independent witness who also claimed plaintiff was on his cell phone and not paying attention to the road.

The Plaintiff sustained cervical herniations to the C3-C4 and C4-C5 disc levels with radiculopathy requiring an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion. Plaintiff claimed he would need future medical care and treatment for the injuries sustained in the accident.

The Defendants argued that the impact was minimal and that the disc herniations were pre-existing and not caused by the subject accident. Further, defendants claimed that plaintiff had an excellent result from the cervical spine surgery and requires no additional treatment.

The case settled right before jury selection was scheduled to begin for $1,350,000.00.

This case was handled by Stephen J. Murphy, Esq. and Michael J. Hurwitz, Esq.