When Mario Zaburski scheduled himself for a business golf date in July of 2015, he had no idea it would lead to a spinal cord injury that would lead to multiple surgeries and ultimately end his successful career. But that is exactly what happened at the Alpine Country Club in Demarest, New Jersey, when he was struck by a golf cart on the ninth hole.
The 45-year-old wealth manager from Teaneck, New Jersey suffered a spinal cord injury that forced him to miss a full year of work. According to testimony presented in his case against the golf cart driver, Jerome Klein, when the vehicle struck him it aggravated a previously undiscovered spinal condition that had been present since birth. He required several spinal surgeries and was let go by his employer as a result of the prolonged absences required for his procedures and recoveries.
Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Cites “Disregard for the Safety of Others”
The spinal cord injury lawsuit that Zaburski filed accused Mr. Klein of having driven the golf cart in a “careless and reckless” manner that showed “disregard for the safety of others.” The claim seeking compensation for his medical treatment as well as the financial hardship that he’d suffered as a result of having missed so much work. In response, Mr. Klein defended himself, saying that he was not responsible for the crash and that it was Mr. Zaburski’s responsibility to avoid being struck by the vehicle. Court documents show Mr. Klein stating that Zaburski “should have avoided the incident.” Testimony and presentation of evidence in the case lasted for four days, following which the jury agreed with Mr. Zaburski that his ability to work and earn a living in the way he had previously been able to do had been compromised and that the fault was Mr. Klein’s. They awarded the spinal cord injury victim $1 million for his pain and suffering, $150,000 to offset future medical expenses and $2.5 million for his lost wages and earnings capacity.