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ESSEX, NJ – According to NJ Advance Media, the family of an Essex county woman who sued Verizon will receive $125 million after a weathered telephone pole fell on her, leaving her paralyzed.

Maria Moser Meister, a 50-year-old mother and lawyer from West Orange, was injured by a collapsing pole over two years ago on January 23, 2017 in Union City while she was waiting for her bus.

Meister suffered numerous fractures to her ribs and spine, and is now paralyzed from her mid-chest down. She also suffers from brain injuries, vision impairments, and has limited use of her left arm.

The 43-year-old pole was co-owned by Verizon under  an agreement with PSE&G and was partially rotted and snapped at its base when it crushed Meister, according to court documents.

The order states that Maria Meister will receive $118 million and her husband will receive $7 million.

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