The New Jersey Department of Transportation was found responsible for the permanent disabling injuries suffered by Kenneth Matlock when massive, rotten tree branches fell on his car as he traveled along New Jersey’s Route 29. A jury recently awarded him and his wife $6 million in damages as Mr. Matlock has now lost use of his dominant right arm. Mr. Matlock has also just barely begun to regain motion in his head and his left hand is in a permanent claw position.
Mr. Matlock’s attorneys presented a case against the New Jersey DOT which claimed that the Department failed to follow its own guidelines regarding dangerous roadway conditions and that during its regular inspections it should have seen the rotting limbs and taken actions to trim them back. Mr. Matlock’s expert testified that the tree limb was at a high risk of failure and that the Department should have known about the dangerous condition well before the accident happened.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.