Our client, a stay-at-home mom with three children, was driving from her Maple Shade, New Jersey, home to a friend’s house in Mount Laurel on a rainy evening. As she drove through Moorestown, she approached the intersection of Route 38 and Nixon Drive. A car in front of her tried to make an illegal and unsafe U-turn, forcing our client to slam on her brakes to come to a sudden stop. On the slippery roadway, she couldn’t stop immediately and ended up minimally tapping the car in front of her. Then driver behind her hit her vehicle hard, pushing her car into the vehicle ahead of her.
For our client, who had a prior history of back injury and surgery, even a minor accident could prove problematic. With not one but three separate impacts involved in this crash, it was no surprise that she was immediately in pain. An ambulance took her to Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Cherry Hill, where she was treated and released, but still in pain. Subsequent tests, including X-rays and MRIs, revealed a herniated disc in the lumbar region of our client’s spine. She also suffered pain in her left leg and foot as a result of a nerve injury. After months of physical therapy, our client once again had to undergo back surgery, with the necessary recovery period and the accompanying scarring.
Despite the back surgery, our client continues to suffer chronic and at times, severe pain on a daily basis. Before the accident, she led a very active life, enjoying biking and spinning, and other intense workouts, but her permanent injuries have changed these former favorite hobbies into painful activities. As a stay-at-home mom, our client’s physical ability to pick up her children or get down on the floor to play with them was essential to her everyday life. These are things she can no longer do, or has to do on a much more limited basis, because of an accident that was not her fault.
In a moment, our client’s life – and the lives of her family members – changed forever. We knew she deserved the maximum amount of compensation possible for the damages she had suffered, so we worked diligently to recover the full $100,000 limit of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. This money can go a long way toward making her family’s adjustment to a “new normal” easier.