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$775k Verdict in Cape May County Verbal Threshold Case

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$775k Verdict in Cape May County Verbal Threshold Case

PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 14, 2014

On Tuesday, The Honorable J. Christopher Gibson approved a jury verdict of $775,000 for Delia Pezzella, the injured victim of a car crash in Cape May County. On December 1, 2009, around 1:30pm, the plaintiff, Ms. Pezzella, was driving her car on Rt. 47, approaching the intersection at Fulling Mill Road in Rio Grande, NJ. At the same time, the defendant, Francis Wesolowski, was operating his vehicle on Fulling Mill Road, approaching the same intersection. The defendant drove his car into the intersection while Ms. Pezzella was driving through, hitting the front passenger side of her car.

As a result of the crash, Ms. Pezzella sustained serious and permanent injuries to her neck and back, including lumbar disc injury; lumbosacral sprain and strain; cervical sprain and strain; and cervical disc injury. Ms. Pezzella’s 21st Century insurance policy included a verbal threshold (also known as a limitation on lawsuit threshold) which very often bars crash victims from bringing claims against faulty drivers. Ms. Pezzella’s attorney, Lee D. Rosenfeld of Messa & Associates, P.C., was able to successfully prove that her injuries were permanent and debilitating, recovering for the young woman a $775,000 verdict.

When asked about the verdict, Mr. Rosenfeld said he was, “very happy that the jury was able to appreciate how small moments in time can result in devastating effects to someone’s health and future.” Mr. Rosenfeld went on to say that, “Delia is a wonderful young woman who really deserved to be fairly compensated for what happened to her.”

Lee D. Rosenfeld concentrates his practice on serious personal injury litigation, including automobile and trucking accidents, workplace accidents, and premises liability. He was named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has litigated cases to six and seven figure settlements and verdicts including a recent $450,000 jury verdict for the injured victim of a SEPTA bus crash case. Mr. Rosenfeld is active in the legal community and his memberships include the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, and Georgia Bar Association.

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About Messa & Associates, P.C.
Messa & Associates, P.C. represents individuals and their families in complex personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, fires and explosions. Our attorneys serve Pennsylvania clients throughout the state, including in Philadelphia and other surrounding communities in Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Bucks County. Messa & Associates are also proud to serve New Jersey clients throughout that state, and also litigate selected cases throughout the country.

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