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Verizon to Pay $125,000,000 to the Family of a New Jersey Woman Who was Crushed and Paralyzed by a Telephone Pole

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On the morning of January 27, 2017, Marie Moser Meister was waiting for the bus as she did every day when she was crushed by a telephone pole. The telephone pole in question had rotted through, snapped at its base, fallen over, and landed on an unsuspecting Mrs. Meister. She suffered multiple spinal and rib fractures as well as severe paralysis throughout her body. Mrs. Meister also suffered brain injuries and vision problems in both eyes.

Mrs. Meister's family initially brought suit against the responsible utility company, Altice USA, but Verizon ultimately took responsibility for the incident. Public Service Enterprise Group ("PSEG') and Verizon co-owned the telephone pole pursuant to a contract between the two. In the end, the parties settled the case out of court. Verizon will pay $125,000,000 to the Meisters, while Altice USA will pay $250,000, and PSEG will pay $25,000.

If you or a loved one has been injured under the same or similar circumstances, call the law firm of Abraham Watkins today. It is imperative that you find a law firm to manage your claim as soon as possible following an injury or death of a family member. Further, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases to ensure that the responsible parties are held fully accountable. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 1-800-594-4884 for your free consultation.

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