A New Jersey woman who suffered brain damage, and had her left leg and right foot amputated, after being run over by a bus is getting a $7.85 million settlement, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Saturday.
Mercedes Perez, 59, sustained her life-changing injuries in an Oct. 9, 2008 accident in Paterson, N.J., where she was hit by a NJ Transit bus at the intersection of Cianci and Market streets. Superior Court Judge Anthony Graziano in Passaic County approved her settlement Friday, according to The Ledger.
A just-hired bus driver hit Perez while she was in the middle of a crosswalk. The Ledger reported that the bus ran over her legs, and that Perez’s head also hit the ground, knocking her out. As a result, Perez suffered traumatic brain injury, had her left leg amputated above the knee, had part of her right foot amputated, and had to have metal rings inserted in her fractured cheekbone, according to The Ledger.
In the aftermath of her devastating injuries, Perez was on a ventilator for 18 days and underwent several operations. She also got septis, The Ledger reported.
Perez’s current condition is that she is bedridden, cannot talk and is being fed by a tube.
The woman, run over when she was on her way to the dentist, is at a rehab center in Edison, N.J., but will now be transferred to a private facility.
Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
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