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A Seymour woman who suffered serious back injuries after the vehicle she was driving was rear-ended in Fairfield on the Merritt Parkway in 2014 has agreed to accept a $200,000 settlement from the defendant’s insurance carrier.

Attorney Mark M. Kochanowicz said he was originally looking for between $300,000 and $350,000, but said his client, 40-year-old Cindy Argueta, felt the $200,000 settlement reached in mediation on the eve of trial “was acceptable.”

Argueta sued the driver she claimed rear-ended her in April 2015 in the Fairfield Judicial District.

“We are happy with the amount,” Kochanowicz told the Connecticut Law Tribune Wednesday. “Because there was little damage to the rear of the vehicle, jurors are usually very skeptical.”

The five-hour Feb. 8 mediation session was directed by retired Appellate Court Judge Frederick A. Freedman at Freedman’s law firm, Westport-based Halloran & Sage. The mediation session was held the day before jury selection was set to begin in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Kochanowicz, an attorney in the Waterbury offices of Trantolo & Trantolo, said there was not much dispute that Marianne Tsakos caused the accident by following too closely. What was in dispute, he said, was the actual impact and the extent of the injuries to Argueta.

“The defendant maintained there was one impact, but my client said there were two sharp jolts,” Kochanowicz said. Despite the minor damage to her vehicle, Kochanowicz said Argueta was forced to have surgery on her back several months after the incident.

The settlement funds, Kochanowicz said, will be dispersed by Allstate Insurance in April or May.

James E. O’Donnell, of O’Donnell, McDonald & Cregeen, represented Allstate. O’Donnell was not available for comment Wednesday.

A Seymour woman who suffered serious back injuries after the vehicle she was driving was rear-ended in Fairfield on the Merritt Parkway in 2014 has agreed to accept a $200,000 settlement from the defendant’s insurance carrier.

Attorney Mark M. Kochanowicz said he was originally looking for between $300,000 and $350,000, but said his client, 40-year-old Cindy Argueta, felt the $200,000 settlement reached in mediation on the eve of trial “was acceptable.”

Argueta sued the driver she claimed rear-ended her in April 2015 in the Fairfield Judicial District.

“We are happy with the amount,” Kochanowicz told the Connecticut Law Tribune Wednesday. “Because there was little damage to the rear of the vehicle, jurors are usually very skeptical.”

The five-hour Feb. 8 mediation session was directed by retired Appellate Court Judge Frederick A. Freedman at Freedman’s law firm, Westport-based Halloran & Sage . The mediation session was held the day before jury selection was set to begin in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Kochanowicz, an attorney in the Waterbury offices of Trantolo & Trantolo, said there was not much dispute that Marianne Tsakos caused the accident by following too closely. What was in dispute, he said, was the actual impact and the extent of the injuries to Argueta.

“The defendant maintained there was one impact, but my client said there were two sharp jolts,” Kochanowicz said. Despite the minor damage to her vehicle, Kochanowicz said Argueta was forced to have surgery on her back several months after the incident.

The settlement funds, Kochanowicz said, will be dispersed by Allstate Insurance in April or May.

James E. O’Donnell, of O’Donnell, McDonald & Cregeen, represented Allstate. O’Donnell was not available for comment Wednesday.