Attorney Bruce S. Zero of Powell Law recently settled a case for $1.07 million on behalf of a Pennsylvania State Trooper whose cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer after he stopped to direct traffic at the scene of a February 2011 accident on Interstate 81 north in New Milford.
On February 25, 2011, Zero’s client stopped to assist with traffic control after another tractor trailer had failed to negotiate a right-hand curve on the snowy roadway, went off the berm and rolled onto its side. About 20 minutes after the accident occurred, Zero’s client stopped to assist and, while parked about three-quarters of a mile from the accident scene with his lights, flashers and overhead lights activated, was struck by another tractor trailer that was driving too fast for conditions.
The trooper suffered permanent and debilitating injuries to his back, neck and shoulders. The persistent pain from the injuries rendered him unable to sleep or perform his daily duties. He eventually underwent spinal fusion surgery in February 2012. A year after the surgery, he returned to work full-time, although he continues to suffer pain from the injuries, which have limited his ability to perform his duties as a state trooper. His doctors said the pain resulting from the crash will be limiting and may be debilitating in the future, and he may also need a second spinal fusion surgery.
Zero filed suit on behalf of the trooper in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The case was settled recently for a total of $1.07 million to compensate the trooper for past and future wage losses, past and future medical bills, and pain and suffering.