Top 40 Under 40 President Stephen Burg obtains $146K verdict for rear-end collision victim

National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 President Stephen Burg secured a verdict plus interest and costs of $146,000 for the victim of a rear end collision in Colorado. Burg says his client, David Jimenez-Santana was driving his pickup truck and was rear-ended by the defendant, Robert Baker in December 2014 in Grand Junction. Although there was no visible physical damage to the plaintiff’s truck, the plaintiff was injured. The plaintiff had a prior worker’s compensation back injury to the same area injured. Burg reports Jimenez-Santana sustained a disc injury at L4-5, and had to undergo a discectomy at the L4-5. Burg says the verdict plus interest and costs was $146,532.67 and 18 times greater than the $7,500 defense offer. The verdict was handed down on June 8, 2018. Burg tried the case along with David Crough of Burg Simpson before Judge Kenneth Plotz. Burg is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Case Name: David Jimenez-Santana v. Robert Baker

Case number: 17 CV 30484

Case Type: Jury Verdict

Verdict for: Plaintiff

Verdict Date: 06/08/2018

Amount: $83,788.76

Best offer from defense:$7,500

Area of Law: Personal Injury

Court: Grand Junction, Colorado


NTL member secures $1M for client in rear-end traffic accident

rear end collision, jury verdict, liabilityNational Trial Lawyers member James Kimball of Seigel Law, LLC in Ridgewood, New Jersey has secured a $1 million settlement in a lawsuit over a rear-end collision that left his client with back and neck injuries. Kimball reports that the case, Ottens vs. Ladd, was tried in Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Bergen County, and the settlement was reached on February 14, 2018.

Kimball says the accident happened almost four years earlier, on February 4, 2014, and the plaintiff sustained significant personal injuries, was unable to work for a significant period of time and owed out-of pocket medical bills. The plaintiff had injuries to the neck and back, including, multiple herniated discs in the cervical and lumbar spine.  Plaintiff underwent conservative chiropractic care and numerous pain management injections.  Plaintiff then underwent one-level cervical fusion and three-level lumbar fusion surgeries.

In the accident, Kimball says the defendant failed to stop her vehicle at an intersection and rear-ended the plaintiff’s car.  Plaintiff was stopped for a stop sign ahead of defendant’s vehicle.  Due to icy conditions, the defendant’s vehicle slid into the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle.

James P. Kimball, Esq.
Seigel Law LLC
505 Goffle Rd.
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(t) 201-444-4000
(f) 201-444-7717

Jill B. Flynn, Esq.
Zirulnik, Sherlock & DeMille
72 Eagle Rock Rd.
East Hanover, NJ 07936
(t) 973-428-1600
(f) 973-428-1616


Estela M. De La Cruz, J.S.C.
Bergen County Justice Center
10 Main St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(t) 201-527-2625
(f) 201-371-1124