A 54-year-old man was riding his motorcycle on Route 9 in New Jersey when he was hit by a van that negligently changed lanes.
The victim suffered serious, life-altering injuries including a fractured left leg and ankle which required surgery.
The victim was a heavy-machine operator. Unfortunately, the injuries he suffered in this accident meant that he could no longer operate heavy machinery.
Imagine, in the blink of an eye, your entire career path is irrevocably altered due to the carelessness of another person. This meant there was not only physical trauma to the victim, but also emotional trauma.
The pain and suffering the victim experienced probably contributed to the eventual settlement amount of $1.65 million. Before the settlement agreement was reached, the victim was awarded summary judgment on liability. In addition to the $1.65 million settlement, over $66,000 of medical expenses were waived, raising the compensation package total to more than $1.7 million, according to silive.com.