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Verizon to pay $125M to New Jersey lawyer paralyzed by falling pole
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Verizon has settled with the family of an attorney paralyzed by a falling telephone pole for $125 million in what has been called “the largest settlement in New Jersey history,” according to a recent report.
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Maria Moser Meister was waiting at a bus stop in Union City, New Jersey, in 2017 when a rotted utility pole fell on top of her, crushing her, Law.com reported. On Monday, a judge approved Verizon’s $125 million settlement to resolve the matter.
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Court papers shared by Law.com show Meister will receive $118,275,00, while her husband, who brought the case against Verizon New Jersey Inc. and a handful of other defendants on her behalf, will be paid $7 million.
Their attorney, David Mazie of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, told the outlet it was “[b]y far this is the largest settlement in New Jersey history,” surpassing a 2005 settlement for $46 million.
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Verizon spokesperson Rich Young said the Meisters and their children “have been constantly on our minds since this happened and will continue to be in the years to come.”