Auto Accident Lawyer Case
Intersectional Accident – Knee Replacement – $225,000.00
Reported in the Lawyers Weekly
In this case, the plaintiff was operating a motor vehicle when he was struck by the defendant who ran a stop sign. The defendant argued that the plaintiff was exceeding the posted speed limit and that he did not have the time to stop at the stop sign that was approaching. The defendant held an insurance policy with a limit of $250,000. In addition, he hired an accident reconstruction expert in order to give his argument further support.
Due to the severity of the accident, the plaintiff underwent surgical procedures to correct several injuries. The injuries that occurred during the accident included a fibular fracture, tibial plateau fracture, rotator cuff injury, nerve injury, fractured ribs, and radiculopathy. To add to this, the plaintiff needed a right knee replacement.
The counsel for the defense obtained the plaintiff’s past medical history in an attempt to show that the injuries were more severe due to the plaintiff’s old age. The case ended with a final offer of $225,000.00, just shy of the entire insurance policy.
High Cost of Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can lead to expensive injuries. In addition to immediate medical care needs, many injured plaintiffs will require future medical care. This could include rehabilitative services, medications, or even physical therapy. In this case, the plaintiff underwent numerous procedures, before eventually needing a full knee replacement.
Choosing the right legal representation is important following a car accident injury. Without sufficient legal representation, the plaintiff, in this case, may have accepted an offer without understanding the full extent of their injury. While it is not uncommon for injured victims to accept a settlement offer, it is important to ensure that the settlement appropriately covers your damages. Working with a lawyer can help you calculate the true value of your case.
Recoverable Damages Following a Car Accident
Severe car accidents can lead to a long list of damages. These are just a few of the damages that you should consider when seeking compensation if they are relevant to your case:
- Current medical costs
- Anticipated medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Prescription needs
- Necessary renovations to household or vehicle
- Mobility devices
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
Additionally, some people may qualify for pain and suffering. Car accidents can cause injuries that are not only inconvenient, but that is also painful. It is also possible to receive compensation if an injury prevents you from enjoying the same hobbies or activities that you once did. While each case is different, it is important to work with a lawyer who understands the unique damages that are a part of your case, and then fights for them on your behalf.
For example, a knee injury can affect two individuals differently. Our lawyers will meet with you to better understand how the accident has, and will, impact your life going forward.