Our client, a paramedic by profession, was driving through Warren County, New Jersey when an unexpected encounter on the highway changed his life forever. He was driving along Interstate I-80 near Knowlton when a motorcoach abruptly entered his lane of travel. The bus hit our client from behind and pushed his car into a guardrail and concrete barrier. Not only did the driver of the bus act unsafely in performing the lane change that caused the accident, but he then proceeded to leave the scene of the accident without stopping and waiting for police to arrive.
The accident left our client with shoulder injuries serious enough to keep him out of work for approximately 16 weeks and to interfere with his daily life. After the collision, the victim underwent nearly a year of medical treatments that included an emergency room visit, chiropractic treatment, numerous medical imaging tests, cortisone shots, physical therapy, and ultimately arthroscopic surgery. The surgery to repair our client’s torn tendon and labrum required a six-month recovery period, necessitating more physical therapy, and further follow-up appointments with doctors. Both at the time of the accident and again following the surgery, our client was forced to wear a sling. His physical activities continued to be restricted for weeks after his medical treatments were complete. His significant injury will have permanent effects on his health.
It isn’t fair when a person like our client is driving safely, following traffic laws, and a reckless driver causes an accident that results in serious, permanent injuries to the innocent victim. We were able to recover $120,000 on behalf of our client. The money softened the financial blow of losing out on income and allowed the victim and his family to afford the medical treatments that improved his condition and his quality of life.