Top New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm Wins $6 Million Dollar Bus Accident Settlement for Pedestrian hit by School Bus

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The New Jersey personal injury law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLP recently recovered a $6 million dollar settlement for a 25-year-old woman who was struck by a school bus while walking in a crosswalk and dragged 50 feet before the bus stopped. This settlement represents another multi-million dollar accident injury settlement by the firm's certified personal injury trial lawyers. The firm, based in Essex County, has won hundreds of millions of dollars in auto accident cases, medical malpractice cases, wrongful death cases, class action lawsuits, workplace accident cases, birth injury cases, Lasik malpractice, and professional and legal malpractice.

Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman has developed a national reputation for handling difficult high profile cases, many of which have been featured in newspapers and magazines around the country, as well as on NBC, ABC, Court TV, and Dateline.

A woman who suffered severe injuries when hit by a school bus accepted $6 million on Feb. 21 to settle her Bergen County suit, Poplawski v. Phipps, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Bergen County, Docket No.: BER-L-3516-09. Sarah Poplawski was in a crosswalk on Nedellec Drive in Saddle Brook on Feb. 2, 2009, when the bus hit her and dragged her for 50 feet.

Prior to the lawsuit the bus driver, Judy Phipps, gave police a videotaped, sworn statement that Poplawski ran in front of the bus. But during her sworn deposition conducted during the lawsuit, Phipps conceded her initial statement was false and said she did not notice Poplawski before hitting her. (Poplawski v. Phipps, May 12, 2010 deposition transcript of Judy Phipps, at p. 50).

Poplawski, now 25, was a student and part-time retail worker at the time of the accident. She alleged to have suffered spinal fractures requiring a hip replacement, incontinence, respiratory failure, a degloving injury to her left foot, road rash and fluid build-ups in her hips and buttocks. She was unable to walk after the accident, but regained that ability after lengthy physical therapy, albeit with a limp, and she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety and has not returned to work or school, she alleged.

Poplawski, represented by David A. Mazie and Eric Katz of Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman in Roseland, sued Phipps and the bus's owner, Atlantic Express Transportation Co. of Staten Island. The defendants stipulated to liability but disputed the extent of the plaintiff's injuries, says Katz.

Atlantic Express agreed to pay $6 million on behalf of itself and Phipps after mediation with former Superior Court Judge Daniel Mecca, now with Joseph Mecca's firm in Paramus.

Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman has developed a national reputation for handling difficult and high profile cases, many of which have been featured in newspapers and magazines around the country, as well as on NBC, CBS, ABC, Court TV, Dan Abrams Reports, and Dateline. Each of the firm's lead trial lawyers has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Civil Trial Attorneys, and the firm's partners have received numerous awards of distinction, such the New Jersey Law Journal's Lawyer of the Year award and Best Lawyers, Law Dragon's Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the Country, Super Lawyers, and Ten Leaders recognitions.

For further information about the firm's multi-million New Jersey personal injury verdicts and settlements, contact David A. Mazie.

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