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Date of Verdict:

Oct. 5.

Court and Case No.:

C.P. Philadelphia No. 1084.

Judge:

Sean F. Kennedy.

Type of Action:

Motor vehicle.

Injuries:

Spinal injuries and post-concussion syndrome.

Plaintiffs Counsel:

Alfred V. Altopiedi and Donna A. Casasanto, Alfred V. Altopiedi P.C., Springfield.

Defense Counsel:

Gerard F. Lipski, Campbell, Lipski & Docheny, Philadelphia.

Plaintiffs Expert: Dr. Christian I. Fras, orthopedics, Broomall.

Comment:

The jury awarded a $2.5 million verdict to a man who was injured in an automobile accident that caused injuries to his head, neck and spine.

According to the plaintiff’s pretrial memorandum, in August 2014, plaintiff Louis Farese was stopped at an intersection waiting to make a left turn from Chester Pike onto South Avenue in Glenolden, Pennsylvania. While he was waiting, defendant James Robinson failed to stop behind Farese, resulting in his vehicle being thrust forward, run into a pole, and then turned over. As a result of the force, the airbags in Farese’s vehicle were deployed, and he had to seek assistance from witnesses of the accident to exit his vehicle.

After the accident, Farese suffered from injuries of the head, neck and spine, including, but not limited to, post-concussion syndrome, aggravation of degenerative disc and post-traumatic fibromyositis, according to the pretrial memo. The memo also states that the he is still receiving treatment for his injuries, including trigger-point injections. The spinal surgeon for the plaintiff, Dr. Christian Fras, has recommended that he undergo surgery at some point in the future for his injuries.

At the time of the accident, defendant Robinson was acting within the scope and course of his employment. The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Robinson and owned by co-defendant Venturi Technologies also received extensive damage, and was totaled in the process, according to the plaintiff’s pretrial memorandum. In the memorandum for the defense, it stipulated to the claims of negligence.

The plaintiffs initially demanded $1.5 million for medical expenses. The jury awarded Farese $2.5 million as a result of Robinson and Venturi Technologies’ negligence to compensate for past and future medical expenses, as well as past, present and future pain and loss of enjoyment of life. A portion of the verdict was also for Louis Farese’s wife, Katherine Farese, for loss of consortium.

Donna Casasanto of Alfred V. Altopiedi P.C. represented the Fareses, and did not wish to comment. Gerard F. Lipski of Campbell, Lipski & Dochney, who represented both Robinson and Venturi Technologies, could not be reached for comment.

Date of Verdict:

Oct. 5.

Court and Case No.:

C.P. Philadelphia No. 1084.

Judge:

Sean F. Kennedy.

Type of Action:

Motor vehicle.

Injuries:

Spinal injuries and post-concussion syndrome.

Plaintiffs Counsel:

Alfred V. Altopiedi and Donna A. Casasanto, Alfred V. Altopiedi P.C., Springfield.

Defense Counsel:

Gerard F. Lipski, Campbell, Lipski & Docheny, Philadelphia.

Plaintiffs Expert: Dr. Christian I. Fras, orthopedics, Broomall.

Comment:

The jury awarded a $2.5 million verdict to a man who was injured in an automobile accident that caused injuries to his head, neck and spine.

According to the plaintiff’s pretrial memorandum, in August 2014, plaintiff Louis Farese was stopped at an intersection waiting to make a left turn from Chester Pike onto South Avenue in Glenolden, Pennsylvania. While he was waiting, defendant James Robinson failed to stop behind Farese, resulting in his vehicle being thrust forward, run into a pole, and then turned over. As a result of the force, the airbags in Farese’s vehicle were deployed, and he had to seek assistance from witnesses of the accident to exit his vehicle.

After the accident, Farese suffered from injuries of the head, neck and spine, including, but not limited to, post-concussion syndrome, aggravation of degenerative disc and post-traumatic fibromyositis, according to the pretrial memo. The memo also states that the he is still receiving treatment for his injuries, including trigger-point injections. The spinal surgeon for the plaintiff, Dr. Christian Fras, has recommended that he undergo surgery at some point in the future for his injuries.

At the time of the accident, defendant Robinson was acting within the scope and course of his employment. The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Robinson and owned by co-defendant Venturi Technologies also received extensive damage, and was totaled in the process, according to the plaintiff’s pretrial memorandum. In the memorandum for the defense, it stipulated to the claims of negligence.

The plaintiffs initially demanded $1.5 million for medical expenses. The jury awarded Farese $2.5 million as a result of Robinson and Venturi Technologies’ negligence to compensate for past and future medical expenses, as well as past, present and future pain and loss of enjoyment of life. A portion of the verdict was also for Louis Farese’s wife, Katherine Farese, for loss of consortium.

Donna Casasanto of Alfred V. Altopiedi P.C. represented the Fareses, and did not wish to comment. Gerard F. Lipski of Campbell, Lipski & Dochney, who represented both Robinson and Venturi Technologies, could not be reached for comment.