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A man who sustained a head injury and multiple broken bones when his vehicle overturned in a two-car accident accepted a $ 1.1 million settlement in his Forte personal injury suit against Liberty Mechanical Services in July 28 Monmouth County.

Millstone’s Anthony Forte was driving to work in the wee hours of August 29, 2018 when he pulled up to the intersection of Route 33 and Twin Rivers Drive in East Windsor. Forte’s vehicle was hit by a truck driven by David Ruggiero of Howell and owned by Liberty Mechanical Services of New Egypt ignoring a red light, Forte’s attorney said. Norman Hobbie from Hobbie, Corrigan & DeCarlo in Eatontown.

Forte suffered multiple rib fractures, a collarbone fracture, and a torn rotator cuff that required surgery, Hobbie said. Forte also suffered a concussion and a closed head injury, Hobbie said.

The case was settled in the Supreme Court Justice for $ 1.1 million Owen McCarthy just before the trial.

The lawyer for Ruggiero and Liberty Mechanical, Robert Pettoni of the law firms of Gerald Strachan Woodbridge declined to discuss the settlement.

– Charles Toutant

$ 200,000 in the Morris Pedestrian Case

Theiss v. Lopuski: A woman struck by an SUV while crossing an intersection settled her case in Morris County on May 18 for $ 200,000.

According to the attorney, 37-year-old plaintiff Erika Theiss crossed Main Street at its intersection with Zeliff Place in Lincoln Park on April 13, 2018. She was hit by the passenger side of a sport utility vehicle. Her foot was broken. Theiss sued the driver Loni Lopuski. She alleged that Lopuski was negligent in operating a vehicle. Theiss also sued the owner of Lopuski’s vehicle, Frank Lopuski, and claimed compensation. Theiss was taken to an emergency room by ambulance. Theiss was later openly reduced and internally fixed with a plate and screws implanted and a bone graft performed. Theiss may need a second operation to remove the hardware in the future, she claimed. The suit sought compensation for past and future pain and suffering.

The defense claimed that Theiss was partly to blame. The defense claimed that Theiss, although a pedestrian, was obliged to observe and give in to Lopuski, had the right of way as she passed the intersection. The defense expert believed that the plaintiff’s overall prognosis for a full return to normal activities was good.

The parties have negotiated a pre-trial agreement. Lopuskis’ insurer, USAA, agreed to pay $ 200,000 from primary insurance that provided coverage of $ 500,000. The couple had a $ 1 million surplus policy.

The plaintiff was represented by Christopher L. Musmanno from Unicorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick;; the defendants of George P. Helfrich Jr. from Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.

* Editor’s Comment: This report is based on information provided by Plaintiff and Defense Counsel.

– Aaron Jenkins (adapted from VerdictSearch reports)