Posted On January 28, 2022 Auto Injury,Case Studies
When you suffer life-changing neck and back injuries in a rear-end accident, you often face an uphill battle getting the compensation you deserve. We have recovered more than $30,000,000 for accident victims since our firm opened in 1994. If an accident left you with a herniated disc, years of shooting pain and incapacitating weakness could be in your future. Your physical wellbeing and your lifestyle may never be the same. We wanted to put together some example payouts and settlements we have seen with New Jersey cases so you can get an idea of what the average herniated disc settlement looks like.
According to the herniated disc accident settlement examples listed on this page, the typical New Jersey herniated disc accident settlement is anywhere from $117,000 to $750,000. Settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case which is why we will never promise that you can receive a certain amount because there are multiple factors that go into developing a case. Even when we do propose an amount, we will likely receive a counter-offer from the insurance company and work to negotiate it.
Over a three-day trial in Somerset County, the jury heard the case in its entirety. During the trial, the insurance adjuster from NJM never once left the courtroom. On day one, NJM offered to settle for just $25,000 – for less than Robinson deserved. On day two, the insurer upped its offer to $50,000. Knowing that accepting such a settlement would hardly cover her unpaid medical expenses, lost wages, and the costs of pursuing the claim and bringing it to trial, she chose to let the jury decide the case. In the end, the jury awarded her $20,000 compensation for her lost income and her unpaid medical expenses, along with $90,000 for the pain and suffering she went through because of the collision. With pre-judgment interest, the final jury award was more than $117,000. Though her life will never be the same as it was before the accident, she won’t have to worry every day that the actions of one careless driver will lead to financial disaster.
On the morning of the 2009 collision, Julie Robinson was driving on Route 182 in Hackettstown, NJ. She stopped at a red traffic light. The car behind her didn’t stop – instead; it collided with her stopped vehicle. Robinson, 39, suffered a lumbar disc herniation and multiple herniated discs in the cervical region of her spine. To this day, she continues to need ongoing medical treatment for her back injuries, and doctors have recommended spinal surgery. She also missed months of work, costing her thousands of dollars in lost wages. The odds may not have been in our client’s favor, but with our firm on her side and our own New Jersey car accident attorney Michael E. Ellery leading the fight for her rights, she got the six-figure payout she deserved. The at-fault driver’s insurance company, New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM), is known for being a difficult insurer to settle these types of cases voluntarily. Our client’s case was subject to New Jersey’s verbal threshold, meaning that she would have to prove she had sustained serious a permanent injury as a result of the accident. The case went to trial in Somerset County, an extremely conservative county where a plaintiff hadn’t won a similar case in two and a half years. Despite the severity of Robinson’s injuries, NJM refused to offer her the settlement she deserved. The vehicles involved in the crash weren’t heavily damaged, a point which NJM tried to use against the victim. NJM also tried to argue that Robinson’s neck and back injuries were degenerative, even though she had never complained of back problems before the accident. The case went to arbitration, but NJM quickly appealed the arbitration award. That’s when we took the case to court.Over a three-day trial in Somerset County, the jury heard the case in its entirety. During the trial, the insurance adjuster from NJM never once left the courtroom. On day one, NJM offered to settle for just $25,000 – for less than Robinson deserved. On day two, the insurer upped its offer to $50,000. Knowing that accepting such a settlement would hardly cover her unpaid medical expenses, lost wages, and the costs of pursuing the claim and bringing it to trial, she chose to let the jury decide the case. In the end, the jury awarded her $20,000 compensation for her lost income and her unpaid medical expenses, along with $90,000 for the pain and suffering she went through because of the collision. With pre-judgment interest, the final jury award was more than $117,000. Though her life will never be the same as it was before the accident, she won’t have to worry every day that the actions of one careless driver will lead to financial disaster.
Near the end of an hour-long trip from Absecon, New Jersey, to Chester, Pennsylvania, an auto accident changed our client’s life forever. She was the passenger in the car her husband was driving on Edgmont Avenue, near the 14th Street intersection. Suddenly, another vehicle ran the stop sign on 14th street and collided with the couple’s car. An ambulance rushed our client to nearby Crozer Chester Medical Center in what becomes the start of a years-long series of medical tests and treatments, at times interrupted because her insurance company denied her the medical benefits she needed. She had sustained numerous injuries, including damage to the chest, ribs, shoulders, and multiple regions of the spine. She also suffered a concussion. Though each of her injuries was serious, the most severe turned out to be a herniated disc in the cervical region of her spine and thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition in which nerves in the neck become compressed, causing arm, neck, and shoulder pain. Ultimately, this client had to undergo multiple surgical procedures, including discectomy surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. As a result of this accident, our client suffered years of acute, chronic pain, and emotional distress. Even after the numerous surgeries, she continued to experience persistent discomfort, which her doctors expect to be permanent. Our New Jersey car accident attorneys fought to get her $125,000 – compensation that we knew she fully deserved after all she had been through.
Not only have we handled thousands of car accident claims just like yours over 25 years of legal practice, we’ve been in your shoes. At Console & Associates we know how much is at stake when your life has been derailed by another person’s negligence because many of us have been victims ourselves.
Our experienced team can help recover the compensation you deserve so that medical care isn’t out-of-reach or unaffordable, lost wages aren’t missed forever, and otherwise reclaiming your life after a devastating accident injury becomes possible again.
We know that the last thing you want is to be stuck with a mountain of medical bills and the worry of paying for a lawyer. That’s why we offer our No Fee Promise – if we don’t get you money, you don’t pay us anything. We advance all costs associated with filing your claim. There’s no risk to you – no up front costs and no legal fees unless we win.
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