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Toms River Teacher Receives $745K In Suit Against Fellow Teacher

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A Toms River grade school teacher who was injured when an ATV upon which she was riding flipped over, agreed to settle her claims against the homeowners and driver of the ATV – both fellow teachers – for $745,000.

Lynn Brattan, an elementary school teacher in the Toms River Regional school district, sued fellow TRRS teachers Ana and William Wilbert after attending an end of school year cookout at the Wilberts' home.

According to a statement from Samuel J. Vacchiano of Maggs & McDermott, the Brielle-based law office that represented Brattan, as the cookout was coming to an end, Ana Wilbert offered to drive Brattan and two other unidentified teachers on the back of an ATV the family owned. The lawsuit claimed that at one point during the ride, Ana Wilbert suddenly jerked the wheel of the ATV over a mound of dirt causing it to tip over, seriously injuring Brattan, who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for serious stomach injuries.

The suit also claimed Brattan underwent emergency surgery for injuries to her abdomen, which required two surgical procedures to repair. She still suffers from stomach pain, dietary restrictions and abdominal scarring, according to Vacchiano.

The two parties agreed to mediate the matter, ultimately resulting in the $745,000 settlement, Vacchiano said.

James Maggs, another attorney with the firm, said ATVs are often "considered a toy" but can come with legal consequences. In 2009, he said, there were over 765 deaths arising out of ATV accidents in the United States, and over 131,000 emergency room visits for ATV-related injuries.
Chief Wahoo May 04, 2014 at 12:29 PM
It was directed at them as well. As it looks like all 3 were over paid baby sitting public takers. Just like I said. Public takers being public takers. No common sense. They have been living off the taxpayers their whole careers, why stop now.
speaks my mind May 05, 2014 at 11:18 AM
wahoo, you need to get educated. takers?? really. what high moral job that you have to criticize others?? who gives you the right to judge?? every teacher i know works their ass off for little pay and has to hear idiots like you open your fat mouth and spew lies. if you only knew
Chief Wahoo May 05, 2014 at 11:25 AM
How do teachers get paid salary, benefits, pensions. What happens if their real bosses, the taxpayers, don't want to pay them? A public taker only has a job because of a monopoly on a threat of force. They are OK with that. I am not.
speaks my mind May 05, 2014 at 12:26 PM
so what would happen if we didn't pay for pensions/benefits...millions of teachers and public employees would go on welfare...and who do you think pays for that. yep, the taxpayer...BUT how would gov't deal with that? oh yeah, raise taxes! and we'd have to pay even more. thoughts??
Chief Wahoo May 05, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Save and invest your money , like the private sector sheep are expected to do........what makes you so special ??? Actually everybody should buy Gold and Silver . Real money...... But of course, Much easier to raise the debt, the children you teach , won't know the difference until you are long gone, that you pulled forward from their future.

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