Garfield Stuffed Animal Hanging from Rearview Mirror in N.J. Pedestrian Crash Leads to $473K Jury Verdict

March 17, 2014 – In The News
NJ.com

Dennis S. Brotman was quoted in NJ.com article, "Garfield Stuffed Animal Hanging from Rearview Mirror in N.J. Pedestrian Crash Leads to $473K Jury Verdict." Full text can be found in the March 17, 2014, article, but a synopsis is noted below.

The estate of a woman seriously injured in 2006 when she was hit by a car was awarded $378,000 in damages by a jury that determined the driver was negligent, in part, due to a stuffed animal hanging from a rearview mirror blocking the driver’s vision.

"Plaintiff argued that the stuffed animal was a distraction, an obstruction, in violation of law requiring unobstructed windshield," said Dennis Brotman, who represented the plaintiff.

In addition to the $378,000 verdict for the woman’s estate, the jury awarded $95,000 to her husband, who cared for her after she was disabled in the crash until she died four years later of natural causes.