A West Haven woman who sued for neck, back and left shoulder injuries from two separate rear-end collisions has settled both cases for a total of $200,000.
Natalie Quagliani suffered the injuries following the first accident in February 2014. Those injuries were exacerbated following another collision 13 months later, according to Andrew Garza, her attorney. The second lawsuit was filed in New Haven Superior Court in March,
Quagliani, who was not cited in either accident, will incur “sizable future medical costs,” said Garza, co-owner of Connecticut Trial Firm in Glastonbury.
“Complaints of the neck, back and left shoulder are ongoing and the injury to the neck is permanent in nature,” said Garza, who represented Quagliani in both cases. Garza said Quagliani testified during deposition that she was 80 percent improved prior to the second accident, which occurred in her hometown of West Haven. “After that second collision everything worsened,” Garza said Wednesday.
Garza said about $30,000 in medical costs were expended because of the two accidents. He also said she’ll need about $200,000 worth of medical costs moving forward. Those costs will primarily be due to injections to ease the pain, he said.
The first accident – which occurred in Rocky Hill – was settled for the policy limit of $100,000. That was paid via Geico in July. The second accident was settled Oct. 6 and was paid by Nationwide. Quagliani has received the first settlement and will receive the second payment by November, her attorney said.
“We got the full amount of available coverage. I was proud of the result and proud that we saved her years of litigation,” Garza said.
Eric Kohli, the defendant in the first crash, was cited for following too closely. Patricia Pyle, the defendant driver in the second incident, was given a verbal warning for following too close.
Attorney John Oestreicher of Mazza Welch in Fairfield represented Geico. And, Attorney Kenneth Mastroni of The Law Office of John P. Calabrese in Rocky Hill represented Nationwide. Neither attorney was available for comment Wednesday.
Last week Quagliani, a litigation paralegal at Withers Bergman in Old Greenwich, filed a prospective class action lawsuit against Equifax. The lawsuit claimed the company’s massive data breach was an invasion of privacy that could lead to identity theft.