In a three-day jury trial in March 2019, in Middlesex County Superior Court, Joseph M. Marabondo obtained a verdict in favor of his client, the Defendant.  The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident that occurred in October 2015, resulting in significant property damage to both vehicles involved.  Plaintiff was 32 years old at the time of the accident, and filed suit against Defendant claiming that she sustained permanent injuries in the form of one disc herniation and four disc bulges in her lumbar spine, as well as a frayed right shoulder labrum and rotator cuff as a result of the motor vehicle accident.  Defendant stipulated to liability prior to trial.  At trial, Plaintiff called an orthopedic surgeon as her expert. Joe cross examined the expert at trial regarding the diffuse pathology of Plaintiff’s lumbar spine following the accident, as well as degenerative findings seen on diagnostic studies to her lumbar spine and right shoulder.  Plaintiff offered testimony regarding the happening of the accident, her post-accident course of treatment, and her subjective complaints of pain and suffering.  Joe argued that Plaintiff failed to establish that she sustained a permanent injury as a result of the subject accident.  A permanent injury proximately caused by the accident must be supported by objective, credible medical evidence, and that threshold must be met to award money damages.  The jury agreed that Plaintiff failed to prove she sustained a permanent injury proximately caused by the accident, and returned a unanimous verdict of no cause in favor of Defendant.