An auto accident does more than wreck a vehicle – it can fundamentally change your daily activities; rob you of all the little things you used to take for granted. For a pedestrian‚ an accident with an automobile almost assures some type of serious injury. For our client, a pedestrian in the middle of his workday‚ one driver’s reckless actions stole all his simple life enjoyments and nearly cost him his livelihood.
“Suddenly‚ I saw the gentleman in front of my car,” the driver told the first police officer on the scene. For the driver, our client’s appearance may have seemed sudden‚ because their attention was anywhere but on the road in front of them. The driver had struck our client as he crossed the street‚ only applying her brakes after the sudden impact. In fact, our client was more than 80 percent of the way across the street when the driver rammed into him.
The blow threw our client 40 feet‚ completely tearing ligaments in his knee. He also sustained lacerations across his scalp‚ disc herniations and contusions across his entire body. Paramedics rushed him from the accident scene to the hospital where doctors discovered he was also experiencing neurological symptoms from the crash. Over the next 17 months, our client required several medical procedures, including invasive knee surgery. He also endured months of grueling physical therapy to improve his mobility and overall functionality.
We knew our client wasn’t at fault for his injuries and continually pointed to the driver’s admitted distraction as the primary cause of the event. Our attorneys were able to obtain $225‚000 to compensate our client for the permanent nature of his injuries and to replace his significant income loss. As a result of the accident, he can no longer operate in the same job he was working in before the crash‚ and can no longer take long walks or stand for long periods. Despite gradual improvement and a dedicated medical team supervising his care, he continues to experience numbness in his hands because of nerve damage along his spine.
The personal injury settlement obtains by our attorneys allows our client the freedom to focus on his health without worrying about medical debt that might have otherwise crippled his finances and inhibited his recovery.