$600,000: Auto-Truck Accident / Bone Fractures

Client: Vladimir R.; County: Yolo

The defendant, a landscape company owner on his way home from work, failed to see our client and made a left turn directly in front of him. Our client’s vehicle sustained major damage and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Although liability was fairly clear, the defendants did try to raise an issue by claiming our client failed to have his headlights on and was not wearing a seat belt. We proved our client was in fact wearing his seat belt and did have his head lights on. Our client, a 37-year-old Russian immigrant employed as a truck driving dispatcher, sustained a broken nose and an ankle fracture. His medical bills were approximately $100,000 and his wage loss around $20,000. The defendants contested the nature and extent of the injuries along with the need for future treatment. The case settled at mediation for $600,000. We prepared a multi-media presentation at the mediation. The defense attorneys, insurance representatives and mediator all commented on how impressive the presentation was and how it significantly affected their evaluation of the case.