Masonicare in Wallingford, Connecticut. ()
A Wallingford woman will receive a settlement of $120,000 for injuries sustained when the private transport vehicle she was traveling in sideswiped a truck.
The attorneys for the two drivers agreed to the settlement during mediation on Oct. 25, according to Jonathan Perkins, who represented the injured woman, Margaret Mansfield.
Mansfield, now 80, received $60,000 from the insurance company representing Mark Lauretti Construction, which owned a pickup truck driven by Mark Lauretti, and $60,000 from the insurance company representing Robyn Maust, the driver for Masonicare Corp. Masonicare, a Connecticut company that provides senior health care and residential services, was transporting Mansfield at the time of the 2012 incident.
Mansfield’s lawsuit claimed both drivers were responsible for injuries to her neck and back. Jury selection had been slated for this month.
In an interview Monday, Perkins, who is affiliated with the Woodbridge-based Perkins & Associates, said there would have been risks in proceeding to trial. Although Mansfield “did have documented problems with her neck and did have neck surgery, tying that to the accident when there was very little impact and no one else claimed an injury could have weighed on the minds of the jury,” Perkins said. There were about 24 people with Mansfield in the vehicle; she was the only one injured.
Mansfield “still has some medical issues to this day,” Perkins said. “They have not gone away.”
The lawsuit alleged that Lauretti, of Bristol, failed to: “apply his brakes in time to avoid the collision”; “keep a proper and reasonable lookout for other vehicles”; and “failed to drive entirely within a single lane.”
Maust failed to “keep her vehicle under proper and reasonable control” and “failed to turn her vehicle so as to avoid the collision,” Mansfield claimed.
Thomas Noniewicz of the Law Office of Cynthia Garraty in Hamden represented Lauretti. He was on vacation and not available for comment.
Chris Connelly of the Glastonbury-based law firm of Connelly & Johnson represented Maust. He was not available for comment.