Attorneys Scott C. Murray, Keith R. Hedrick and Senior Paralegal Cecilia Del Aguila recently settled a motor vehicle accident claim for the applicable policy limits of $300,000. This crash occurred as our clients, a family of seven (7), were on vacation in Orlando. Unfortunately, that vacation quickly ended when the family, all traveling in the same vehicle, were violently rear-ended, causing substantial property damage to both vehicles involved. The crash was investigated by the by the Florida Highway Patrol and the driver that rear-ended our clients was ultimately found to be at fault for the crash, receiving a citation for “careless driving” pursuant to Florida Statute § 316.1925.
Photo of the at-fault driver’s vehicle following the crash
At the scene of the crash, all of the family members were shaken up. The hard and heavy impact resulted in neck and back injuries (to various extents) to all seven (7) family members, and one (1) of the family members was transported from the scene of the crash by Emergency Medical Services to the Emergency Room at Celebration Hospital.
When the family returned to their home in Miami-Dade County, they continued to experience neck and back pain. All seven (7) of the family members underwent conservative care of physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. Three (3) of the family members were treated by an Orthopedic Spine Specialist with two (2) of the family members undergoing cervical and lumbar steroid injection therapy. Sadly, the youngest of the family members involved in this crash, a twenty (20) year old female, underwent a surgical procedure to her low back due to her injuries from this crash – a bilateral laminotomy with microdiscectomy at L5-S1.
Given the severity of the impact, our clients injuries, and their medical treatment, Mr. Murray and Mr. Hedrick were able to negotiate a policy limit settlement of $300,000 with the insurance company of the at fault driver. The settlement helped to compensate the family, in part, for their injuries and pain and suffering.
Thankfully, all seven (7) members of the family have made a terrific recovery from their injuries sustained in this crash and are happy to be able to put this matter behind them.