On May 19, a woman who was injured in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2011 was awarded $3 million by a jury. According to the report, the compensation was offered after the woman suffered permanent spinal damage.
The woman, 18 at the time, was reportedly a passenger in an acquaintance's vehicle. The car was traveling on the turnpike in Cranbury when traffic began to build up due to construction. The driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old man, was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and abruptly cut off another vehicle, causing a rear-end collision. The impact from the collision caused the vehicle to roll over. The driver who caused the incident originally claimed that he did not cut off the other driver; however, the jury believed that he was wholly responsible for the accident.
The plaintiff ultimately underwent multiple surgeries and required pain management treatment for her permanent injury. The woman's attorney stated that, while she can walk, she has undergone four operations and is expected have more. The awarded compensation reportedly covers her past expenses and her expected future expenses.
Those who become involved in a serious car accident caused by another negligent party may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. As in this case, the injured person may be able to seek compensation for any damages that they may have sustained, which can include any past and future medical bills, lost income and potential pain and suffering. An attorney may offer advice on the matter and ease the process for their client.