$10M Settlement to Woman Who Lost Both Legs After Being Struck by Bus

September 28th, 2018

By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq.


A 65-year-old West Orange, N.J., woman who had to have both legs amputated after being struck and crushed by a New Jersey Transit bus in 2016 has reached a $10 million settlement with the transit agency.

The victim, Claire Dertouzos, was struck by the bus on May 28, 2016, as she was trying to cross Mount Prospect Avenue at Heller Parkway in Newark, according to a Sept. 25 story by The bus was making a left turn as it struck the victim. The driver said he did not see Dertouzos before the rear wheels of the bus ran over her legs as she was in the crosswalk, according to the report.

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The victim’s legs were crushed and seriously injured by the impact of the bus and had to be amputated above both knees, according to her attorneys. Since her devastating injury, Dertouzos now uses a wheelchair due to the loss of her legs.

Legal cases like this one occur around the nation every day and are examples of similar kinds of cases that MyPhillyLawyer attorneys regularly work on tirelessly for our own clients. Often, we are not able to discuss the cases we are actively working on due to confidentiality requirements, so we discuss other relevant cases in the news such as this one to illustrate the legal situations people find themselves in every day.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in any kind of vehicle incident anywhere in the United States. We pledge to make sure that you and your family get the compassionate, dogged and experienced legal representation that you deserve and expect from a professional legal team which works hard to uncover every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

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