$1,200,000 Settlement for Auto Accident Victim With Neck Injuries
Block O’Toole & Murphy won a settlement of $1,200,000 for the plaintiff, a woman whose car was rear-ended in New York and suffered a neck injury as a result. An MRI revealed a herniated disc to her cervical spine, and she ultimately underwent a cervical fusion surgery. Our lawyers successfully overcame the defense’s argument that the neck pain was actually a pre-existing condition.
In 2016, the Law Firm of Block O’Toole & Murphy achieved 4 of the 5 Highest Settlements for injury victims in New York State. For a free legal consultation, please call 212-736-5300 or complete our online form.
COURT AND COUNTY
Supreme Court, Kings County
AGE AND OCCUPATION OF PLAINTIFF
Plaintiff was 50 years old at the time of settlement. Before and after the accident, Plaintiff operated a day care center out of her Brooklyn home.
DESCRIPTION OF CASE
Plaintiff was driving her car and came to a stop for a red traffic light at the intersection of Ditmas Avenue and East 94th Street in Brooklyn. A pick-up truck owned and operated by the Defendants struck Plaintiff’s vehicle from behind. Plaintiff moved for summary judgment on the issue of liability against the Defendants and won. Had the case not settled, it would have gone to trial on the issue of Plaintiff’s damages to determine how much the case was worth.
Plaintiff suffered spine injuries in two motor vehicle accidents before the accident that resulted in this case. In fact, shortly before this accident, Plaintiff injured her neck and underwent significant treatment as well as an MRI study, which revealed a herniated disc at the C4/C5 level that contacted her spinal cord.
Only weeks before the subject accident, Plaintiff was visiting doctors and complaining of severe neck pain that radiated to her arms. During her deposition, Plaintiff admitted that she was feeling neck pain on the very morning of the accident, just before the accident occurred.
After the most recent accident, Plaintiff refused medical attention at the scene and went home. Shortly thereafter, she began a course of treatment for neck and back pain. Ultimately, Plaintiff underwent a neck surgery, consisting of an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion at the C4/C5 level. MRI studies taken after the subject accident revealed that the C4/C5 disc in Plaintiff’s neck was in the exact same condition before the accident as it was after the accident.
Plaintiff argued that the most recent car accident worsened and aggravated her prior neck injury, and caused the need for the neck surgery. The defense, and their expert doctors, argued that Plaintiff’s neck problems all pre-dated the accident. Plaintiff returned to her employment of running a day care center immediately after the accident. Plaintiff’s claimed damages were for pain and suffering, and past and future medical costs.
The case settled before a trial date was scheduled, and after a private mediation between the parties.
This case was handled by attorneys Stephen J. Murphy and David L. Scher.
Top Compensation for Auto Accident Victims with Neck Injuries
The Law Firm of Block O’Toole & Murphy is dedicated to recovering maximum compensation for accident victims. If you suffered neck pain, cervical spinal injuries, or other injuries after a car crash, you can learn your legal rights today by calling 212-736-5300 for a free case evaluation.
Our attorneys are experienced in litigating car accident cases in both New York and New Jersey and have recovered over 100 auto injury verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000 each.
Select results for car accident victims with neck and cervical spine injuries include:
- $4,600,000 settlement for a man who sustained serious injuries after a violent car crash, including neck pain with upper radicular symptoms
- $4,000,000 settlement for a driver with spinal injuries, including herniated discs in his cervical spine
- $3,369,066 verdict for a car passenger who had to undergo two cervical fusion surgeries after a major auto accident
- $2,760,000 settlement for a collision victim who required an anterior cervical discectomy and cervical fusion at C5/6
- $2,750,000 settlement for a 44-year-old woman who required fusion surgery to her cervical spine after she was injured in a rear-end collision
- $2,750,000 settlement for a pedestrian accident victim with neck injuries requiring an anterior cervical discectomy and three-level fusion
Our attorneys have recorded many more results for auto accident victims who suffered neck and other serious injuries. Visit our Car Accidents page today to learn more about our practice.