Home Depot Accident Lawyer Case
Minor Closed Head Injury at Home Depot – $170,000.00
Reported in the Lawyers Weekly
In this case, the plaintiff alleged that he was injured while shopping at the defendant’s store. Witnesses on the scene at the time of the accident reported that a piece of plywood was blown from its stack, and subsequently struck the plaintiff in the head. In turn, he was knocked to the ground, and may have lost consciousness.
The plaintiff recalled some of the ambulance drive to the hospital, as well as the testing that followed. A CT scan and x-rays came back normal. From there, the plaintiff was urged to see an orthopedist that put him on six weeks of therapy. This therapy was meant to treat the pain of the head and neck. After six weeks the plaintiff had shown results and commenced therapy.
While in therapy, the plaintiff also saw a neurosurgeon. The doctor noted that he was suffering from muscle spasms as well as a reduced range of motion in the neck area. In addition, the neurosurgeon also noted that the plaintiff was complaining of cognitive dysfunction.
Almost five months after consulting with the neurosurgeon, the plaintiff decided to see a neuropsychologist. This doctor recommended a program to control the pain, but the plaintiff never followed through with this.
Further, follow-up tests and examinations showed a bit of improvement which made it difficult to pinpoint the problems. Even though it was obvious that the defendant was liable, it was hard to distinguish between injuries from the accident and the aging process of the elderly plaintiff. Luckily for the plaintiff, medical records for the 10 years prior to the incident showed no cognitive problems. The case settled for $170,000.00 before trial.
The Importance of Receiving Medical Care Following an Injury
One of the first things that we recommend following an injury is to receive medical care. Even if you feel fine, it is possible that the adrenaline from the accident is masking the injury. If you do show symptoms, later on, it can be difficult to connect them to the accident. You also put your own health at risk, if you do not receive the medical care that you need.
In addition to receiving immediate medical care, it is also important to continue with follow-up care. When you do not attend follow-up medical visits or receive recommended procedures, then the other party may attempt to minimize damages. When you skip medical visits or fail to follow physician’s orders, these actions can be used against you.
Determining Whether to Settle Your Personal Injury Case
Many personal injury cases are settled outside of court. With the cost and time required to take a case to trial, many victims decide to accept a settlement offer outside of court. But, before you agree to a settlement offer, it may be beneficial to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer. They can evaluate the fairness of any offers that you receive.