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$500K Auto Verdict in Hunterdon

A Hunterdon County jury returned a $500,000 verdict after a five-day trial in the case of a woman injured in a 2013 car accident.

Plaintiff Nicole Trowbridge was 23 at the time of the accident—a rear-end collision on Route 513 in Frenchtown on May 10, 2013. Trowbridge, now 29, suffered permanent injuries to her right shoulder, and a cervical spinal disc herniation, according to her lawyers.

The defendant, Priscilla Rodriguez, rear-ended Trowbridge’s vehicle, causing it to be totaled and permanently injuring Trowbridge. The Rodriguez vehicle was owned by defendant Construction Maintenance Plus, and she was employed by the company at the time of the crash.

Trowbridge underwent cervical disc replacement surgery and two right shoulder surgeries. Her doctors said she will need a cervical fusion.

Medical experts, a neurosurgeon and an orthopedist testified on behalf of Trowbridge.

Hanover Insurance Co. is paying the $500,000 award.

Original Article First Posted in the New Jersey Law Journal May 3, 2019