$4,600,000 Settlement for 53-Year-Old-Rigger with Spinal Injuries After Car Crash


The client sustained significant injuries as the result of a car accident in Babylon on Long Island. After discharge from the hospital, he recovered at home for 10 days, but began experiencing neck and back pain. After conservative treatment with physical therapy, the man underwent a cercial and lumbar fusion. Our lawyers successfully convinced the judge to rule that the driver of the other vehicle was negligent, and the only outstanding issue was the amount of compensation to be awarded. After mediation, the case was resolved and the client received $4,600,000.

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The Plaintiff, a 53 year-old man, was injured in a violent collision that took place in Babylon, New York. The defendant ran a stop sign and slammed into the passenger side of Plaintiff's vehicle. He sustained avulsions and lacerations to the face when the windshield from his car exploded. He was rushed from the scene by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital where he remained for four days. Notably, he denied neck and back pain while a patient in the hospital. He was discharged and remained bedridden at home for ten days. Thereafter, he began to experience neck and back pain, including upper and lower radicular symptoms. He began treating with a local physician who recommended a trial of physical therapy. He also had diagnostic tests done, revealing herniations in the cervical and lumbar spine. Plaintiff later underwent a cervical and lumbar fusion by a New York City surgeon.

Block O'Toole & Murphy was able to convince the hearing judge to grant summary judgment as to liability. The matter was then confined to damages only. Plaintiff sought recovery for his past and future medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

The case was settled at mediation for $4,600,000.

The case was handled by firm partner Stephen J. Murphy and Michael Hurwitz.