Driver suffers closed-head injury, fractures in highway collision

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December 28, 2010

Driver suffers closed-head injury, fractures in highway collision 

While Rosalinde Hill, 23, was driving her car on a highway, she was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Shane Dennis and owned by Jeffrey Ordner. Hill was ejected from her car, suffering multiple fractures and a closed-head injury. She required several surgeries—including insertion of plates, screws, and hardware in her leg—and is now limited physically. She will also likely require future knee replacement surgery.

Hill sued Dennis and Ordner, alleging Dennis had caused the accident by speeding and negligently passing her on the right. Hill also filed a claim with her insurer for underinsured motorist benefits. She did not claim lost income.

Dennis argued that Hill had struck his vehicle.

The parties settled before trial for $1 million. The defendants’ insurers paid $350,000, and Hill’s underinsured motorist carrier paid the rest.

Citation: Hill v. Dennis, No. MON-L-5164-08 (N.J., Monmouth Co. Super. Sept. 24, 2010).

Plaintiff counsel: John G. Mennie, Ocean, New Jersey.

Plaintiff experts: David R. Polonet, orthopedic surgery, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Karen Cebulko, life-care planning, Oceanport, New Jersey; and Robert P. Wolf, vocational assessment, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Defense expert: Michael H. Gordon, orthopedic surgery, Wall, New Jersey.

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