Our Firm received a $500,000 policy limit settlement for multiple injuries including the head injury of young professional involved in a rollover crash.
Our young client was traveling eastbound on Gateway Boulevard when suddenly and without warning a negligent driver pulled out from a side street directly into the rear, passenger side of our client’s vehicle. The force of the impact sent our client’s vehicle into a clockwise spin before going airborne, rolling over twice, and coming to rest on its roof facing westbound. Despite wearing her seatbelt, our client was thrown about the interior of the vehicle and lost consciousness.
The Boynton Beach Police Department investigated the crash and determined the defendant driver violated our client’s right-of-way.
These color photographs demonstrate the extensive property damage to our client’s car:
The vehicle was deemed a total loss as the gross total damage was more than $13,000.
As a result of this crash, our client sustained personal injuries to her head, left eye, neck, back, shoulders, ribs, right leg, left knee, and right ankle. Immediately after the accident, she was transported by Boynton Beach Fire Rescue to JFK Medical Center with an open head injury where she received five (5) staples to left side of her head.
Thereafter our client presented to a spinal surgeon for her neck and back injuries and to a neurologist for her head injury. Following the accident, she was restricted from working for a month.
MRIs of the cervical spine, left shoulder, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, and knee revealed acute injuries and abnormal findings for a woman her age. Her neurologist prescribed Fioricet for headaches and objective testing demonstrated abnormal conduction times which were indicative of post-traumatic, right brainstem lesions. Objective EEG testing also revealed post-traumatic seizure predisposition.
Our client submitted for lumbar and cervical spine injections as depicted below:
Although the injections provided temporary relief, our client submitted for the following surgical procedures:
1. Neurotomy, medial branch, paravertebral facet joint nerve, C5, C6, C7 corresponding to facet joint complex C4-C5, C5-C6, C6-C7 bilateral.
2. Neurotomy, medial branch, paravertebral facet joint nerve, L3, L4, L5 corresponding to facet joint complex L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 bilateral.
Our client sustained medical bills in excess of $115,000.00 and a permanent impairment due to severe post-concussion syndrome with loss of consciousness and manifested by persistent headaches, tinnitus, concentration difficulties, and left ocular retro-orbital pressure. This young professional missed over $12,500 in lost hourly wages.
This horrible crash substantially affected our client. Prior to that dreadful day, she was in her early 20’s and had what she considered the perfect life – she had recently started her career, obtained more than one job offer; she was engaged to the love of her life and was excited about planning her wedding and honeymoon. She was the ultimate triple threat: intelligent, beautiful, and extremely likeable.