A trip to a Deptford shopping center turned disastrous when a young teacher found herself directly in the path of an out-of-control truck.
The traffic light turned green. Our client made a legal – and careful – left turn out of a shopping complex and onto Clements Bridge Road. At the same time, the driver of a commercial pickup truck traveling straight on Clements Bridge Road ran his red light. He later told police that he couldn’t stop in time and that the truck had slid through the intersection – right toward the unsuspecting victim.
The truck collided with her car on the passenger side, hard enough to send her spinning. The truck had hit her from the front, but when her car finally stopped spinning, the truck was behind her. Her totaled car had to be towed from the scene.
After the impact, the damage to the vehicle was clear, but the damage our client’s body had suffered was less obvious. She declined an ambulance. Like many accident victims, she had no idea, in the immediate aftermath, how hurt she was.
Within hours, though, she realized that something was very wrong. The pain in her left shoulder began to radiate down her arm. She went to the emergency room, where doctors diagnosed her with a sprained shoulder, put her left arm in a sling, and assured her that she would be fine.
Unfortunately, she wasn’t fine. The pain got worse, not better. Despite multiple trips to the ER, no test, treatment, or pain medication actually solved the problem. Her severe pain prompted her to see an orthopedic specialist, who was finally able to explain why she couldn’t lift her arm above shoulder level – not even to grocery shop, to work, or to get comfortable enough to sleep. She had suffered serious injuries to the nerves, tendons, and cartilage in her shoulder and bicep. If she was ever going to get better, she needed surgery.
A Long Road to Recovery
She underwent surgery twice. The first operation was an attempt to fix a SLAP tear, a painful tear to the cartilage that forms the socket of the shoulder. More than a year later, she had to go under the knife again, this time to relieve impinged nerves and an inflamed tendon in her bicep.
For more than 15 months, she endured diagnostic tests, surgeries, and physical therapy. The lengthy, extensive medical care allowed her to get better, but no amount of treatment was enough to make it as the accident had never happened. Today, she continues to experience aches in her shoulder. Her range of motion remains limited, and her doctors expect these limitations to be lifelong.
We fought to get a settlement of $200,000 for this young woman whose life would never be the same. If her story sounds familiar, give us a call – we’ll fight for you, too.