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Michael Plaszczymaka and Lilla Plaszczymaka v. Lei Fu

Case Name

Michael Plaszczymaka and Lilla Plaszczymaka v. Lei Fu

Type of Injury

LEG AMPUTATION, ROTATOR CUFF INJURY

Occupation

HVAC Foreman

Location

Somerset County, NJ

Verdict

The parties agreed to a $4.3 million pre-trial settlement. The settlement was paid from Fu's $500,000 primary policy with New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. and a $5 million excess policy with Federal Insurance Co.

Verdict Amount

$4,300,000

Case Details

On Sept. 20, 2015, plaintiff Michael Plaszczymaka, 55, a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) foreman, was riding a motorcycle north on Minebrook Road in Bernardsville. At the same time, a vehicle driven by Lei Fu was waiting at a stop sign, facing west on Whiteknack Road.

As Plaszczymaka entered the intersection with Whiteknack Road, Fu pulled forward in an attempt to make a left turn and struck the right side of Plaszczymaka’s motorcycle. Plaszczymaka claimed injuries to his right leg and right shoulder and psychological trauma.

Plaszczymaka sued Fu, alleging he was negligent in the operation of a vehicle. Specifically, he alleged that Fu failed to yield to oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn.

Fu denied liability, arguing that Plaszczymaka was speeding, which caused the collision.