Attorneys for a 54-year-old Ridgefield woman who suffered a concussion and needed eye surgery following a rear-end collision have settled for $400,000.
Heidi Yeranossian was injured after her 2012 Honda sedan was struck by a 2013 Kia sedan driven by Vincent Charamonte in Wilton in 2014, according to a lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court in March 2016.
Pamela Cameron, Yeranossian’s attorney, said that in addition to a concussion, her client suffered headaches and pain in her neck, shoulder, back and right leg. She underwent eye surgery soon after the accident, said Cameron, an associate with Moore, O’Brien & Foti in Middlebury.
Yeranossian suffered eye pain and a condition known as traumatic convergence insufficiency because of the accident, Cameron said. The condition means the eyes can’t coordinate to focus on nearby objects. The condition is common following a traumatic brain injury.
Cameron said the case was settled after a daylong mediation before retired state Superior Court Judge Elaine Gordon on Nov. 29. Cameron declined to say what the two sides were looking for before they reached the $400,000 settlement. The money will be disbursed this month, Cameron said.
“It was a pretty substantial crash as my client got hit pretty hard,” Cameron said. Charamonte’s car was totaled while Yeranossian’s car was not.
According to the lawsuit, Yeranossian was stopped at an intersection when Charamonte rear-ended her car. “He was talking to a friend in his car and just did not see [Yeranossian's] car,” Cameron said.
Many of Yeranossian’s injuries have healed, but she still has lingering lower-back pain, Cameron said. Yeranossian incurred $64,430 in medical bills, Cameron said.
Cameron said Yeranossian, a marketing and public relations consultant, was forced to turn down jobs after the accident “because of issues with her eyes and back pain. She lost a lot of wages due to this accident.”
The settlement will be paid via two carriers. Arbella Insurance, Charamonte’s primary carrier, will pay $300,000, while The Personal Insurance Co., the umbrella policy, will pay $100,000, Cameron said.
Cameron said Yeranossian thought the settlement was fair, adding, “Nothing will get her back to where she was before the accident.”
Joseph Grippi, a partner with Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippi in Cheshire, represented the insurance carriers. Grippi did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.