Carpenter & Zuckerman Partner Pej Ben-Cohen Wins $2.6 Million Verdict in Car Accident Trial

LOS ANGELES—Pej Ben-Cohen, trial lawyer and partner at Carpenter & Zuckerman, along with co-counsel Margarit Mardirosian, recently won a $2.6 million verdict on behalf of a plaintiff who was injured in a car accident in 2014. The plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant, and although she was not in pain immediately following the accident, she later went to an urgent care center with neck and back pain. She was initially diagnosed with a disc extrusion, but unfortunately, the radiologist failed to diagnose her disc herniation. This injury worsened over time and eventually required fusion.

“We faced a number of obstacles in proving that the plaintiff was entitled to compensation for the injuries that she sustained in the accident in 2014,” Ben-Cohen states. “For starters, we had to find a way to help the jury understand the extent of the plaintiff’s complex injuries and why it took so long for her to be diagnosed and treated.”

“We relied on two witnesses, a neurosurgeon and neuroradiologist, to help us overcome these obstacles, and fortunately, they did an exceptional job at trial,” Ben-Cohen continues. “The defense was unable to discredit our experts, so the jury had no reason not to believe these experts.”

The defense attempted to show that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by degenerative disc disease, not the collision. However, the jury did not agree. “In the end, we were able to recover over $250,000 for the client’s past and future medical expenses, $48,000 for her lost wages, and over $2 million for her past and future pain and suffering,” Ben-Cohen says. “The last three years have been traumatic for the plaintiff, and we couldn’t be happier that we were able to obtain justice on her behalf.”

The California law firm of Carpenter & Zuckerman (CZR) has over 100 employees dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured.  CZR is dedicated to helping clients recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit today. 

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