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$375,000 Settlement for Victim Hit at Intersection by Negligent Driver in Pequannock Township

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Residual Problems from C2 fracture Only Issue Left for Trial

SETTLEMENT
$375,000
CASE
Anthony Giordano v. Joseph Barresi, No. MRS-L-1036-01
COURT
Morris County Superior Court, NJ
JUDGE
W. Hunt Dumont
PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S)
Gabriel R. Lependorf, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., Princeton, NJ
DEFENSE ATTORNEY(S)
Joseph E. Kelley, Maloof, Lebowitz, Connahan & Oleske, Chatham, NJ

FACTS AND ALLEGATIONS

A plaintiff Anthony Giordano, a 66-year-old retired vice president for Chase Manhattan bank, was driving his 1997 Honda Prelude west on Sunset Road in Pequannock Township in Morris County. Joseph Barresi was driving his 1996 GMC Jimmy 4X4 north on West Parkway. Barresi came to a stop sign at the corner of West and Sunset and allegedly ran it, striking Giordano on the driver's side.

Giordano sued Barresi for negligence.

Barresi did not contest liability.

INJURIES/DAMAGES

Giordano sustained a fracture of the C2 odontoid. He had a transverse process, requiring two months in a hard collar and two more months in a soft collar. He spent eight days at Morristown Memorial Hospital and 16 days at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. His medicals were in excess of $70,000, but were all covered by the no-fault carrier. There was no lost-wages claim.

He claimed significant residual problems from the fracture and depression.

Barresi claimed that the fracture healed well with only minor residual problems and disputed Giordano's alleged depression.

RESULT
The parties settled for $375,000
INSURER(S)
State Farm for Barresi
EXPERT(S)
None reported

EDITOR'S NOTE

Defense attorney Joseph Kelley was out of the office for personal reasons and did not contribute to this report.

- Alison Love, NEW JERSEY REPORTER

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