A jury in Freehold, NJ, awarded a 78 year old man $130,000 for injuries he sustained in a 2001 auto crash.
He sustained 3 bulging discs and underwent 3 epidural injections to help alleviate his pain. The insurance company had made a $25,000 offer which was rejected by the plaintiff. In a classic case of junk science, the insurance company hired a doctor to testify that bulging discs can never be traumatically induced. He said they can only come from degenerations.
. Fortunately, the jury did not believe him and rejected his testimony. The award was $30,000 above the amound of insurance available so the plaintiff will have a separate case against that insurance company for their bad faith conduct in refusing to settle within their $100,000 policy limits. It is really an abuse of the civil justice system when insurance companies continue to produce doctors at trials who advance the kind of junk science as was the case here