Largest Verdict in Sussex County History, Largest Verdict in the State
Friday, May 23, 2014 • 1:42pm
NEWTON, NJ-One of the largest jury verdicts was just awarded to a Vernon man seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
Steve Vissagio and his wife Barbara were awarded 19.3 million dollars today by a jury of their peers for injuries sustained in a serious motor vehicle accident on Route 23, in Sussex Borough, back in March of 2010. Vissagio was hit from behind on his motorcycle and sustained a serious spinal, neck and shoulder injury.
Vissagio was awarded 15.5 million and Barbara was awarded 3.8 million dollars, in Per Quod damages, which under New Jersey law recognizes the other spouse’s suffering and loss.
“We are so grateful to the jury for understanding the seriousness of this case,"
says Andrew Fraser, of Laddey, Clark & Ryan, attorney representing the Vissagio’s.
"The most amazing fact about this case is that insurance carrier representing the
defendant refused the Visaggio's request to settle this case for $250,000.00. Geico made
no offers to settle before this trial started."
This verdict blows the largest Sussex County verdict out of the water. In May 2013, Fraser helped secure a 1.3 million dollar jury award for Ginter vs. Jaust. This case is the highest verdict thus far in the entire state and the top 5 in the state history.