Compensation: $6.5 Million
Partners Joe Lanni, Esq. and Bradley S. Zimmerman, Esq. represented a client who sustained catastrophic life-threatening injuries as a seat-belted rear seat passenger in a high-speed head-on “crossover” collision between a sedan and a large van. The accident occurred in the afternoon on a parkway. The parkway has 2 lanes going north and 2 lanes going south with a double yellow line dividing them. The speed limit was 25 mph. The weather was sunny and clear and the roadway surface was dry. One of the defendants was traveling over 100 mph shortly prior to the accident.
The massive “crash energy pulse” unleashed by the high-speed head-on collision traveled through the sedan frame and body causing extreme deceleration forces on our client’s body. Despite being restrained with a seat-belt and shoulder harness in the left rear passenger seat, the deceleration forces sustained in the collision nearly tore our client in half at the abdomen causing extraordinarily severe internal injuries, massive abdominal hemorrhaging, and severe hypovolemic shock among many other life-threatening injuries. The deceleration forces also caused a vertebra fracture, broken ribs, chest trauma, and damage to our client’s vocal cords.
Our client underwent emergency surgery by a highly experienced trauma surgeon, who operated on her for more than five and a half hours to save her life.
In the doctor’s operative report, he mentioned that it was the worst deceleration injuries he had ever encountered.
Numerous transfusions of blood products and fluids were required. Post-operatively, our client was transferred out to a trauma ICU in “critical condition” for specialized care. Our client needed more than seven surgical procedures and extensive physical therapy. Sadly, our client will require continuous medical care and physical therapy throughout her life.
We claimed that the defendants were responsible for this accident under various theories of negligence, reckless conduct, intentional violations of the law, and vicarious liability. During extensive deposition testimony of the defendants, we were able to demonstrate that abusive labor practices and employment policies were substantial contributing causes to the accident.
After several years of litigation, and engaging multiple world-renowned experts, we were able to resolve this devastating and catastrophic matter. The meticulous detail in which this matter was litigated led to this extraordinary result.
We take great satisfaction in the fact that this client will be taken care of for the rest of her life, and all of her lifetime medical needs will be met.
– Bradley S. Zimmerman, Esq., New York Personal Injury Attorney
We take great satisfaction in the fact that this client will be taken care of for the rest of her life and that all of her lifetime medical needs will be met.
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