Verizon to pay $125M to New Jersey lawyer paralyzed by falling pole

It’s the largest settlement in state history, attorney says

Verizon has settled with the family of an attorney paralyzed by a falling telephone pole for $125 million in what has been called “the largest settlement in New Jersey history,” according to a recent report.

Maria Moser Meister was waiting at a bus stop in Union City, New Jersey, in 2017 when a rotted utility pole fell on top of her, crushing her, reported. On Monday, a judge approved Verizon’s $125 million settlement to resolve the matter.

Court papers shared by show Meister will receive $118,275,00, while her husband, who brought the case against Verizon New Jersey Inc. and a handful of other defendants on her behalf, will be paid $7 million.

Their attorney, David Mazie of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, told the outlet it was “[b]y far this is the largest settlement in New Jersey history,” surpassing a 2005 settlement for $46 million.