Car Accident Attorney Case
Jury Verdict – Motor Vehicle – Snowstorm – $250,000.00
Reported in the Lawyers Weekly
In this case, the plaintiff sued the defendant for a collision that occurred in March of 1996. After the initial accident, a co-defendant also got involved when their vehicle struck into the back of the plaintiff’s car. Prior to the jury getting involved, the co-defendant settled his case.
The primary defendant stated that a snowstorm caused him to travel out of control, and subsequently strike the plaintiff’s car. During the case, the plaintiff’s counsel prevented the presentation of evidence that 26 other car accidents occurred in the same town during the snowstorm. This greatly helped the odds of winning the case.
The police officer that responded could not recall any specific details of the incident, just that he was traveling the area taking care of several accidents. Since the officer could not recall details, his testimony was thrown out. Liability issues arose during talks of when the storm began.
After the incident, the plaintiff was taken to the hospital and was treated for injuries. She then underwent several weeks of therapy. After therapy, the plaintiff was having minor cervical discomfort, but nothing major. But 10 months later, she began to suffer from paresthesia in both her lower and upper extremities.
Due to the proposed paresthesia, the plaintiff underwent an MRI. This test showed that the plaintiff was suffering from multiple sclerosis, which was not caused by the vehicular accident. The MRI did show that a contused lesion was caused by the head-on accident. The defendant disputed this by saying that the paresthesia would have immediately occurred after the incident, not 10 months later.
When the trial began, the plaintiff offered to submit the case to a high low arbitration which was set at $100,000 – $20,000. This was rejected immediately by the defendant, and ended up working in the plaintiff’s favor. The jury awarded the plaintiff with a total sum of over $250,000.
Navigating Your Car Accident Case With an Experienced Lawyer
Car accidents, unfortunately, are a common occurrence. While some car accidents are minor, leading to minimal property damages or injuries, others can be significant. A car accident can lead to broken bones, internal bleeding, deep lacerations, and similar to the case above, paresthesia. Just as the potential injuries and their severity can range, so can the value of the damages present.
A minor car accident often leads to immediate medical care, property damages, and maybe some time away from work. But, larger car accidents can lead to long-term medical care and recovery, as well as a diminished earning capability. If an injured person is unable to return to the same line of work, they may find it difficult to keep up with household bills, or even the cost of their medical care.
Working with a personal injury lawyer can provide a lot of value to your case. Not only are car accident lawyers familiar with the filing process in Massachusetts, but they can also help you build a case that demonstrates the full extent of your injuries. Your personal injury lawyer will also ensure that you stay within the state’s statute of limitations for filing your case.