Stratton Faxon helps win $2.9 million settlement on May 7, 2010, compensating a 43-year-old woman for a permanent neck injury sustained in a bicycle accident.
New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2010 - Attorney Michael Stratton of Stratton Faxon Law Firm obtained a $2.9 million verdict on May 7, 2010, in Hartford Superior Court for a 43-year-old woman with a permanent neck injury after sustaining a
fractured spine. Rocky Hill resident Maribeth Blonski was injured after crashing into a closed gate on a rural bike path not far from her home. The defendant, Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), had ordered the gate closed to protect the water supply. The closed gate was rusted, bore no warning, had insufficient markings and was improperly used as a barrier due to the risk of this type of injury.
Before the trial began, the defendant offered a settlement of $50,000, even as MDC blamed the plaintiff for her injury. The surgery that was necessary after the accident was a multi-level fusion of the cervical spine and cost over $100,000 in medical expenses.
Experts testified during the trial that the bar gate used to block off the bike path had been eliminated as a proper barrier long ago. The defendant failed to follow standards and install a proper protective barrier.
On Friday, May 7th in Hartford Superior Court, the jury took less than two hours to deliberate before returning with a $2.9 million verdict to compensate 43-year-old Maribeth Blonski for her harms and losses. Consistent with its close examination of the evidence, the jury found the plaintiff to be 30% responsible for the incident. “The MDC could have settled this case for a mere fraction of the verdict amount,” said Stratton, “but its arrogance and unreasonable view of the case required the jury to carefully weigh the evidence and come to the correct result. Simply put, the MDC chose profits over the safety of the thousands of recreational users of its property.”
The MDC was represented by Attorney Tom Cella of Howard Kohn Sprague and Fitzgerald.
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