Motor vehicle accidents are a very common cause of a wide variety of severe personal injuries. While connective tissue injury is one of the most common injuries sustained in these instances, neck, spinal cord and back injuries are quite prevalent in car and truck accidents, as well. Unfortunately, due to the difference in each car accident, including cause of the accident, injuries sustained, resulting damages, and more, it is very difficult to calculate car accident settlements. However, the two following cases are examples of motor vehicle claims in New Jersey for common car accident injuries.
Molina v. The State of New Jersey
In May 2006, 17-year-old Juan Molina of Elizabeth, NJ, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on the Garden State Parkway. He was a passenger in a van on a fishing trip for people with disabilities. Molina was ejected from the van when the driver lost control of the vehicle, sustaining bodily harm including a brain injury. His attorney alleged that the accident and resulting injury worsened the young man’s cognitive abilities, though an expert witness for the defense challenged the claim. Ultimately, the state agreed to pay a $1,800,000 settlement for Molina’s personal injury claim.
Kapo v. Abdelatit
In December, 2007, while driving her car, Indira Kapo collided with a car driven by Sharif Abdelatit at an intersection in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Indira sustained a herniated disc, neck sprains and soft-tissue strains. Despite six months of physical therapy, Kapo continued to suffer from lower back pain and discomfort, and was unable to participate in many physical activities. Abdlatit admitted liability for the accident, but his lawyer argued that Kapo had no permanent injury. In the end, the jury awarded Kapo $200,000 in compensation.
Every Case is Different
Though some victims of New Jersey motor vehicle accidents receive substantial settlements and awards for their injuries, each case is different and compensation hinges upon the specific facts of the case. A car accident settlement takes many factors into account – accident fault, severity of personal injuries, medical expenses, ability to continue daily activities and/or work demands, and much more. Additionally, you must first look to your own auto insurance coverage for compensation for injuries and lost wages. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a skilled and experienced NJ Car Accident Lawyer to review your claim and learn how he or she may be able to assist you.