$625,000 for Automobile Injuries

Bishop v. Barajas: A North Bergen man who alleged a neck injury in a two-car crash agreed on Dec. 14 to a $625,000 settlement of his Hudson County suit. Cesar Bishop was driving west in the right-hand lane of Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus on Oct. 12, 2009, when his vehicle was cut off by one driven in the left lane by Jesus Barajas of Ivanhoe, Calif. Barajas and his passenger were in the course of their work for Newfield Wireless of Berkeley, Calif., testing cellular phone reception in the area, when the passenger told Barajas to make a right turn from the left lane, says plain- tiff lawyer Steven Haddad of Jersey City. The collision caused Bishop’s vehicle to veer off the road and strike a light pole. He claimed he sustained neck injuries that required cervical fusion surgery. Bishop sued Barajas and Newfield.Thecompany agreed to pay $625,000 on behalf of itself and Barajas. Their law- yer, Peter Barber of Daly, Lamastra & Cunningham in Whitehouse Station, did not return a reporter’s call.

-By Charles Toutant