After three days of trial, before a jury, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, attorneys John M. Dodig and Jason A. Daria obtained a $6.75 million settlement for the Estate of Margaret Ursula Powell. This settlement is believed to be one of the highest settlements reached in a New Jersey Wrongful Death and Survival Act Claim.
On October 19, 2007, 38-year-old Margaret Powell was traveling on Fork Landing Road in Cinnaminson, NJ when a Keystone Freight Corp. tractor-trailer failed to stop at a red light at the intersection with Route 73, crashing into the Powell vehicle, killing Mrs. Powell. At the time of the crash, the driver of the tractor-trailer was driving in excess of his limit for hours of service. Mrs. Powell left behind a loving husband, and two small children, ages two and four. Damages were governed by the New Jersey Wrongful Death and Survival Action, which limits the loss of decedent’s services to their pecuniary value. The decedent was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The sizable settlement is projected to financially take care of the minor children for the rest of their lives.