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NJ Woman Paralyzed in Motorcycle Crash Gets $850,000 Settlement

By Jim Greene

on October 20, 2010

A New Jersey woman paralyzed in a 2006 motorcycle accident will receive $850,000 to settle a lawsuit against the county in which the accident occurred. The woman sued for $5 million, claiming her injuries were caused by a pothole in a road for which the county was responsible.

Kathleen Santana was injured March 11, 2006, in Maurice River Township, in Cumberland County, while a passenger on her husband’s motorcycle. Her lawsuit claimed negligence on the part of the county for failing to repair a pothole in the road she claimed caused the crash. The county investigated the crash and denied responsibility.

Santana also sued the Maurice River, but a Cumberland County Superior Court judge dismissed the township as a defendant in 2008.

County Solicitor Brendan Kavanagh said a settlement was reached last month, after a seven-hour mediation session. The county Board of Freeholders subsequently approved the settlement. The county’s insurance company will pay $600,000.

Santana, a resident of Dorothy, in nearby Atlantic County, was paralyzed from the waist down as the result of injuries in the crash.

If you or someone you know is injured in a motorcycle accident that’s not your fault, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Obtaining a favorable verdict in a motorcycle accident lawsuit is more difficult than in a car accident suit. The general public has a prejudice against motorcyclists that will have to be overcome. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will know how to interview potential jurors and how to ask the right questions of witnesses, to ensure a fair hearing.

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