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Stop & Shop customer sways jury in slip and fall case

A jury in Middlesex County awarded a woman $125,000 for injuries resulting from a slip and fall at a local supermarket. In 2015, Camille Lark, 47, was at a Stop & Shop in Franklin Park. As she was walking by freezers containing bags of ice, she slipped on a puddle of water. She claimed multiple bruises, and herniations and bulges at several cervical discs which caused continuing pain. She asserted Stop & Shop was negligent in maintaining the premises by letting water to collect on the floor. Stop & Shop argued an employee had checked the freezer area 20 minutes earlier. The store also argued Lark’s spine condition was degenerative. The parties had stipulated $10,750 for Lark’s past medical costs, which brought her damages award to $135,750.
Lark v. Stop & Shop
Middlesex County

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Driver awarded damages for rear-ender injuries

A passenger in a pickup truck injured in an accident in South Plainfield was entitled to $6.8 million in damages, a jury found. In 2015, Joseph Gorth, a laborer in his 40s, was riding on Stelton Road when his vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck. The truck had been rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Gorth claimed injuries including a fractured vertebra, aggravation of spinal disc herniations, and a labrum tear of his left shoulder. He was immobilized for six months and forced to stop working. Gorth sued the tractor-trailer driver, Lamar Stutzman, and his employer, All Holdings Co. Negligence was determined by summary judgment and the case was tried on issues of causation and damages. The defense argued Gorth had fully recovered.
Gorth v. Stutzman
Middlesex County

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Estate of woman dragged under bus reaches settlement

The family of a woman who was crushed by a bus that was bringing children to a summer camp received a settlement of $5 million from the bus company. In 2014, Leyla Kan, 60, was walking west on Fort Lee Road. As she was crossing Broad Avenue in a crosswalk, a bus driven by Esperanza Jaramillo hit Kan, knocking her beneath the bus. Kan was was dragged 71 feet as onlookers attempted to get Jaramillo's attention and stop the bus. Kan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family sued Jaramillo and the bus company, Rainbow Transportation Inc., alleging negligence. Jaramillo told police she did not realize she had struck Kan.The parties settled before trial, with $4.5 million for wrongful death and $500,000 for a survivorship claim.
Estate of Kan v. Rainbow Transportation Inc.
Bergen County

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Largest New Jersey Jury Verdicts:

(2017 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$51,560,000 Braden v. Lockheed Martin Corp. Federal Jan 26
$45,000,000 Bonilla v. Diorio Gloucester County Feb 17
$17,000,000 Heaney v. Jersey Shore University Medical Center Monmouth County Oct 26
$11,824,911 Pritchett v. State of New Jersey Mercer County Jun 15
$8,000,000 Dickens v. Township of Irvington Essex County Sep 18
$6,008,404 Estate of Rivers v. Burbella Mercer County Sep 26
$5,150,000 Polt v. Kroon Somerset County Jan 17
$5,058,900 North Hudson Sewerage Authority v. Maxwell Place Condominium Association Inc. Hudson County Jan 10
$3,766,417 Electrospec Inc. v. New Jersey Micro-Electronic Testing Inc. Passaic County Mar 28
$3,350,000 Sol-Gonzales v. Flores Hudson County Jul 20