Attorneys for a Bridgeport man who needed three shoulder surgeries following a 2011 car crash have reached a $350,000 settlement with Safeco Insurance.
In addition to the three surgeries, Derrick Moore Jr., 38, suffered a disc herniation and head contusion following the accident in which his 1999 Lexus GS 300 sedan collided with a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by 66-year-old Stuart Sobel.
A lawsuit was filed in Bridgeport Superior Court in July 2013.
Safeco, Sobel’s insurance carrier, paid the settlement.
According to Michael Rosnick, Moore’s attorney, the front end of Moore’s vehicle struck the driver’s side of Sobel’s vehicle. According to the lawsuit, Sobel attempted to make a U-turn onto Housatonic Avenue in Bridgeport in front of Moore’s car.
The lawsuit claimed Sobel, who police cited for failure to grant the right of way, turned his vehicle left to enter a public highway when such movement was bound to cause an accident. The lawsuit claimed Sobel was inattentive and failed to keep a proper lookout. Moore was not cited by police.
Rosnick, a partner at Miller, Rosnick, D’Amico, August & Butler in Bridgeport, said Moore’s vehicle was totaled.
“We think it is a fair settlement under the facts and circumstances of the case,” Rosnick said Tuesday. The settlement was reached after about six hours of mediation on July 25. The case was mediated by attorney Christopher Wanat, founder of Milano & Wanat in Branford.
Moore, who currently works as an electrician, incurred more than $153,000 in medical bills.
Safeco’s attorney, Scott Stewart of Meehan, Turret & Rosenbaum in Wallingford, could not be reached for comment.