(full policy settlement) to a middle age man involved in an automobile accident who claimed a herniated discs at L4-S1 requiring a lumbar fusion surgery. The defense contended that the herniations were pre-existing and not related to the accident.
$675,000.00 to a woman involved in an automobile accident who claimed a herniated disc in her cervical spine and an aggravation of herniated and bulging discs in the cervical and lumbar spine requiring a cervical fusion surgery. Plaintiff had prior lumbar and cervical fusion surgeries in connection with a prior accident and spine conditions. The defense contended that she did not sustain a serious injury in the accident and merely suffered from the natural progression of her degenerative spinal condition that preceded the subject accident.
To a middle age man who fell off of a stoop without a railing who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The plaintiff claimed head and spinal injuries in the initial fall. Thereafter, he claimed that he blacked out and drove his car off of the Staten Island Expressway and struck a tree
thereby sustaining numerous other bodily injuries as a result of the head trauma he sustained in the stoop accident that took place approximately 9 months prior to the single vehicle car accident. The defense contended that the subsequent accident was not related to the head injuries from the stoop accident, but were instead related to his past history of 13 concussions relating back to his high school and college sports days and/or his history of drug and alcohol abuse. The available insurance coverage in this case was only $500,000.00.