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GARDA to Pay $850 Thousand to Settle Lawsuit

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GARDA to Pay $850 Thousand to Settle Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 5, 2014

Last week, Garda CL Atlantic, Inc. (GARDA) agreed to pay $850 thousand to settle a lawsuit brought by Frank Jazlovietcki, the injured victim of a crash caused by a negligent GARDA armored truck driver. On April 21, 2012, Mr. Jazlovietcki was traveling northbound in his 1983 Chevrolet on Brookwood Drive towards its intersection with Street Road in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania. A GARDA armored vehicle was traveling westbound on Street Road towards its intersection with Brookwood Drive. At the time, the traffic signal for westbound Street Road was steadily red. At the same time that Mr. Jazlovietcki was crossing the intersection, the GARDA vehicle blew through the red light and t-boned Jazlovietcki’s car, sending the vehicle into a 120° spin, into another car, up the curb, and into a grassy area.

As a result of the accident, Mr. Jazlovietcki suffered a number of injuries. He sustained a left arm fracture and bulging discs in his neck and lower back. His neuropsychologist also diagnosed him with mild cognitive deficiencies and post-concussion syndrome.

Before the accident, Mr. Jazlovietcki was working part time in a K-Mart warehouse, doing heavy lifting and manual labor. He has not worked since his accident.

The plaintiff was represented by Joseph L. Messa, Jr., who, only a week prior, garnered a $3 million settlement from Verizon for a client who was severely injured in a crash caused by a Verizon employee’s negligent and distracted driving. When asked for comment, Mr. Messa simply stated that he “[is] glad that GARDA accepted responsibility for the actions of its employee.”

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is an AV-rated attorney, listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Messa is also an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2014 and was selected to the Top 100 Pennsylvania and Top 100 Philadelphia lists for 2012 and 2013. Mr. Messa has successfully litigated multiple serious injury cases to seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, products liability, fire and burn injury and construction/work injury matters.

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