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Woman Receives $4.5 Million Settlement After Receiving Injuries From Volunteer Firefighter

Those who drive emergency vehicles are aware of the dangers that they face when rushing to a call. Their lights and sirens are both visual and auditory indicators that there will be high speeds as the vehicle rushes to the scene they’ve been called to. Most of the time, other drivers pull over to the right to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen while a police officer, firefighter, or ambulance driver is rushing to a scene. When this does occur, liability can be a tricky thing to determine, since many city, county, and state-owned emergency vehicles and their drivers are covered under sovereign immunity clauses. 

NJ.com reports that a woman has received a $4.5 million settlement for a woman that was critically injured in a crash with a volunteer firefighter. 

56-year-old Melinda Baker was awarded $4.5 million from the Wenonah Volunteer Fire Department’s insurance. She also received a $100,000 settlement from the driver of another vehicle. 

The settlements stem from a crash that occurred at the intersection of Mantua Pike and Parkville Station Road. It was January 26, 2018. Baker was headed through the intersection on a green light when Richard Campbell’s vehicle plowed into the driver’s side of her vehicle. 

Campbell’s vehicle had blue flashing lights activated was driving down Parkville Station Road. 

Baker suffered from catastrophic injuries including fractures to her neck, ribs, and spine. She had to spend weeks in the hospital and then in physical therapy. She still requires a wheelchair and a lift to get around her home. 

The lawsuit was filed in October 2018 and settled on August 5th. The settlement was approved by a Superior Court Judge last week. 

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