Woman Struck by Truck Settles for $5.35 Million in Middlesex County

In Parikh v. Frock Brothers Trucking, a North Brunswick woman will receive $5.35 million as compensation for injuries she sustained when she was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Plaintiff Ankitaben Parikh, now 35, was injured on Sept. 19, 2014, when she was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Robert Smith and owned by defendant Frock Brothers Trucking Inc. of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, said one of Parikh’s attorneys, Edward Capozzi of Brach Eichler in Roseland.

At the time of the accident, Parikh was walking to her office at defendant Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in Cranbury from a parking lot in the rear loading area of the building, said Capozzi, who handled the case along with Corey Dietz of the same firm.

Parikh normally would have parked in a lot in front of the building, but that lot had been closed for an expansion project, Capozzi said.

Smith, according to Capozzi, was lost and had stopped in the rear lot to ask for directions. As he drove away, Parikh was struck by the tractor-trailer. She sustained a broken pelvis, multiple broken ribs, two broken vertebrae, a broken right hip, two broken ankles and a broken sacrum. She underwent a number of surgeries, Capozzi said, and now has a right foot drop and suffers from sustained pain.

Parikh sued Frock Brothers and Taro Pharmaceuticals in Middlesex County Superior Court. The claim against Taro alleged the company created an unsafe work condition by requiring Parikh to park in the loading area, Capozzi said.

Taro’s carriers, Great Northern Insurance Co. and Federal Insurance Co., agreed to pay Parikh $1.9 million on Feb. 17, Capozzi said.

Frock Brothers’ carrier, Encompass Risk Solutions Inc., agreed to pay Parikh $3.45 million on March 2, while the case was being tried before Superior Court Judge Michael Cresitello Jr., Capozzi said.

Encompass retained Donald Derrico of Gordon & Rees in Harrison, New York. He declined to comment.
Taro’s carriers retained Linton Turner Jr., of Cherry Hill’s Mayfield, Turner, O’Mara & Donnelly. He did not return a call seeking comment.

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