Results for Accidents that Caused
Back or Neck Injuries

$435,000.00 Settlement
Auto Accident Case

We recovered $435,000.00 for a Suffolk County mother of two who suffered multiple herniated discs and nerve damage when she was hit from behind by a truck owned by a construction company.

The client underwent cervical discectomy with fusion. As she was a stay at home mom, and was not working when the accident occurred, she sustained no lost wages.The case was venued in Suffolk County and settled while on the court’s trial calendar.

$310,000.00  Jury Verdict 
Auto Accident Case

A Suffolk County Jury awarded our client $310,000.00 for pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our client was rear ended by the defendant while stopped at a red light. After winning partial Summary Judgment on the issue of liability, Mr. Bonfante tried the issue of damages before a jury in Supreme Court, Suffolk County.

Our client suffered numerous herniated discs in his cervical spine, with permanent nerve damage that resulted in cervical radiculopathy. He missed ten (10) weeks of work, and was forced to undergo numerous epidural injections into his cervical spine in an attempt to manage his pain. Based on the credible evidence presented, the jury held in our client’s favor. They found that the plaintiff sustained a “serious injury” as required by New York State’s Insurance Law. The jury further found plaintiff’s injuries to be permanent; they also found that defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of our client’s injuries.

Our adversary had made an offer to settle in the amount of $17,500.00, just before deliberations. The jury awarded the plaintiff $175,000.00 for his past pain and suffering and $135,000.00 for his future pain and suffering.

$240,000.00 Jury Verdict 
Auto Accident Case 

A jury in Suffolk County awarded our client $240,000.00 in damages for the injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
The jury decided that an award of $185,000.00 for plaintiff’s past pain and suffering and $55,000.00 for his future pain and suffering was “fair and adequate compensation”.
The plaintiff, a 16 year old student sustained herniated and bulged discs to his cervical, and thoracic spine. The boy received chiropractic treatment, as well as epidural injections, but sadly has permanent restrictions in his range of motion of the neck. We were able to prove the client’s injuries to the jury’s satisfaction, using objective, diagnostic testing, including MRI,s and an Electromyography (“EMG”) – all of which were positive. Plaintiff was unable to participate in gym class for over a year and a half due to the problems with his neck.

Based on the weight of the credible evidence we presented, the jury found that the plaintiff sustained a “serious injury” as defined by statue.
The jury also concluded that the negligence of the defendant was a substantial factor in bringing about the injuries.
Lastly, the jury further found plaintiff’s injuries to be permanent.

The insurance carrier for the defendant had made an offer to settle in the amount of $15,000.00, which they later increased to $22,500.00.

$205,000.00  Settlement 
Auto Accident Case

Recovered $205,000.00 for a 53 year-old Suffolk County man who was involved in a low impact rear-ended collision.  Client had arthroscopic knee surgery and cervical discectomy with fusion. Plaintiff was out of work when the accident occurred and as such, suffered no lost wages.

Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on the issue of liability.

The case was venued in Nassau County and settled while on the court’s trial calender.

$170,000.00  Jury Verdict 
Auto Accident Case

A  Suffolk County Jury recently awarded our client $170,000.00 in compensatory damages in connection with injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. This amount was calculated based on $60,000.00 past pain and suffering and $110,000.00 future pain and suffering.

The plaintiff, a 58 year old contractor, had suffered herniated and bulged discs in his cervical spine, which were confirmed by MRI. He received chiropractic treatment for over three years and had restrictions in the range of motion of his cervical spine.

Plaintiff missed five (5) weeks of work in total and when he returned to his job he was limited in the tasks he was able to perform.

The jury found that he sustained a “serious injury” as defined by the New York State Insurance law, and that the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of such injuries. The jury further found that plaintiff’s injuries were permanent.

The jury rejected defendant’s assertion that all of plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing “wear and tear”.

The insurance carrier for the defendant had made an offer of $5000.00, which they increased on the eve of trial to $7500.00.

$150,000.00  Jury Verdict 
Auto Accident Case

A Suffolk County Jury recently awarded our client $150,000.00 in compensatory damages for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The amount was based on $50,000.00 allocated for the plaintiff’s past pain and suffering and $100,000.00 for her future pain and suffering.

The plaintiff, a 56 year old MRI technician, had suffered herniated and bulged discs to her cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine, confirmed by MRI testing. She received chiropractic treatment for over four years and was left with restrictions to her range of motion of the cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine.

She also had a positive Electromyography (EMG) test which showed conclusively that she suffered permanent nerve damage, and received a series of epidural injections to alleviate her chronic pain.

Plaintiff missed one (1) month of work in total, and when she did return to her job, was limited in the tasks she was able to perform.

After deliberations, the jury found that she sustained a “serious injury” as defined by the New York State Insurance law, and that the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of such injuries. The jury further found that plaintiff’s injuries were permanent.

The jury rejected defendant’s assertion that all of plaintiff’s injuries were due to pre-existing conditions and “wear and tear”, due to the aging process and/or the rigors of her work.

The insurance carrier for the defendants had made an offer to settle in the amount of $25,000.00, which eventually, after protracted negotiations, crept up to $42,500.00.

After jury selection and just prior to opening arguments, the insurance carrier for the responsible parties increased their offer to $50,000.00, which we rejected.

While the jury was deliberating, the defendant’s liability carrier increased its offer to $75,000.00, which was also turned down by our client.

$80,000.00 Settlement
 Auto Accident Case

Our client, who was hit from behind while stopped, recovered $80,000.00 from car that hit her. She sustained herniated discs in her back and had to receive chiropractic care and physical therapy for over a year. Early in the litigation, we won a finding of full liability (or fault) from the Court, against the offending vehicle. Essentially the Court decided that the other driver was 100% responsible as a matter of law.

From the onset of the case, GEICO’s offers were so low as to be insulting. Unable to get them to listen to reason, we hired expert witnesses, and proceeded to jury selection, and then to trial on the issue of damages. During the trial, the other side came to their senses and caved, agreeing to pay the plaintiff $80,000.00. Because the plaintiff was stay at home mother of five on the date of the accident, she did not lose any time from work, and thus had no lost wages.

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