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$1.65M for Woman Struck by Car

By Greg Kohn

March 23, 2015 – Andrew O’Connor settled a hit pedestrian case for $1.65 million.  Ruth Vincent was struck by a car because a street light wasn’t working.  Ruth, then 18, suffered closed-head injuries, a broken femur, lacerated femoral artery and bilateral fracture at L5 after she was hit by a car in Union on Oct. 19, 2008. Since the accident, she walks with a limp, is partly paralyzed on the left side, has weakness in her left arm and suffers cognitive problems. At the time of the accident, Vincent was attending community college and working in a store, but has not worked or continued her studies since then, according to Mr. O’Connor.

Vincent was hit while walking in a crosswalk across an on-ramp to Route 78, which was in the midst of a widening project at the time of the accident, according to the suit. Visibility was poor because the nearby street light wasn’t working.

Union Paving and Construction agreed to pay $200,000, while HBC Construction agreed to pay $900,000 and the state of New Jersey agreed to pay $550,000. The state agreed to settle just before the March 23 trial date and the contractor defendants reached their agreements with the plaintiff a few weeks earlier.

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About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.
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