December 8, 2016 Personal Injury $4.5 Million Settlement

Much of the work we do at Maggs & McDermott involves personal injury law. These cases include physical, emotional or economic injuries sustained by our clients as the result of the carelessness of another. Over the years we have worked with thousands of people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents or suffered injuries at their workplace. We have also represented clients in product liability cases, slip and fall accidents, and dog bite attacks. We help our clients recover money for their injuries, and to obtain reimbursement for their medical bills, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

This month’s Firm newsletter highlights June Layne, a Maggs & McDermott client who was severely injured as a pedestrian when she was struck by a New Jersey Transit bus. June’s case is an example of how we can be of assistance to our clients at a time when they need us most.

If you or someone you love is victim of a personal injury and you don’t know the first step to take, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Jim Maggs

June Layne, a 56 year-old resident of Newark, was struck by a New Jersey Transit bus as she was walking across the intersection of Lyons and Maple Avenues in Newark. At the time of the accident, Ms. Layne was in a designated crosswalk when she was struck by the left front corner of the bus and knocked to the ground. By the time the bus driver applied the brakes, the rear wheels of the bus were resting on top of her.

The accident occurred in the street outside of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Fortunately, doctors and nurses from the Medical Center ran into the street to render emergency assistance. Ms. Layne remained hospitalized for almost three months afterward, suffering from an open and dislocated fracture of right ankle, as well as large degloving injuries to her right leg and left thigh. The injuries to Ms. Layne’s ankle and thigh required numerous surgeries and extended care.

Ms. Layne’s case was especially challenging from the start. In particular, Ms. Layne was immediately taken from the accident scene to the hospital. She was unable to speak to any witnesses at the scene or to identify anyone who would later be able to help her to describe what actually happened. New Jersey Transit and the bus driver denied responsibility for Ms. Layne’s injuries. The driver of the bus claimed that Ms. Layne had been in his “blind spot” as he was turning the bus into the intersection. Later, he claimed Ms. Layne had walked into the side of the bus and that she had not been in the crosswalk. However, the Firm established that the accident was indeed the bus driver’s fault. We were able to prove through our investigation and accident reconstruction, including interviewing numerous witnesses, that Ms. Layne had been in the crosswalk and had the right of way when the driver of the bus struck her.

Prior to trial, Ms. Layne was paid $4.5 million dollars by NJ Transit for her injuries.

*Results may vary depending on particular facts and legal circumstances