WASHINGTON CAR ACCIDENT SUCCESS STORIES of a few client cases:
Spinal Cord injury to Quadriplegic Patient: A quadriplegic passenger strapped and secured in his van suffered a cervical strain-whiplash injury in a car accident. The 72-year-old retired Boeing engineer suffered a partial loss in the use of his neck caused by a chronic cervical strain and muscle spasms. This gentleman’s loss was significant to him as his neck was his sole remaining source of independence. Our client uses a wand, held between his teeth in his mouth, to operate his wheel chair by manipulating the wand between his teeth to operate touch controls on his wheel chair, to operate his computer, and to operate other aids in daily life. His wife was also hurt in the car accident and the UIM insurer, State Farm, offered only$35,000 the week before UIM arbitration. The parties elected to arbitrate her UIM claim. The UIM arbitrator awarded $101,000 plus taxable costs for the wife’s loss of her husband’s consortium and for his wife’s soft tissue injuries suffered in the same MVA.
Total award: $850,000+
• John Doe v. Trans-America Insurance: Commercial Dump Truck Driver suffered a hip injury and permanent nerve damage to his foot
Total Settlement: $650,000
• Spinal Cord injury:35-year-old man with a pre-existing spinal cord condition was involved in a motor vehicle collision. The trauma activated the pre-existing condition, causing chronic pain and potentially life-disabling injuries.
• John Doe v. State of Washington, (King County Superior Court) Plaintiff hit by a Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicle while standing on the sidewalk.He underwent a shoulder arthroscopy and is living with the prospect of two hip replacements, in addition to the loss of his construction career.
Total Settlement: $600,000
• Jane Doe v. John Doe driver: King County Superior Court No. 02-2-26432-8 Seattle woman involved in a motor vehicle accident suffered spinal injuries to her neck and low back, radiculopathy, and a worsening of her pre-existing fibromyalgia. A Microsoft employee with a stellar record, she was forced to miss about one year of work over 4 years. According to her rheumatologists, she could not return to her high-stress job as the extra hours and demands of being bent over a computer for most of the day made her injuries worse and caused her to lose sleep. The treating doctors told her to find a 30-40 hour a week job rather than her 50-60 hour position. Given that she was a large wage earner, the insurer agreed to pay its half million dollar policy limit to settle the case.
• Early v. Hess, et. al. (King Co. Superior Court Motor vehicle crash – Plaintiff recovered compensation in a settlement for $425,000 for a knee surgery and permanent injury, along with compensation for the risk of a future knee replacement.
• Wallace v. Sajner, et al, (Case No. : CV 98-11789- Arizona): A pedestrian hitchhiker from Phoenix, Arizona was struck by a vehicle going through an intersection as he was crossing the roadway to pick up some metal debris in the road. We obtained a settlement and a recovery for Mr. Wallace, short of trial, for $410,000. Given the fact that there was evidence that our client stepped out in front of a car, this recovery was an excellent result.
• Witter v. Fireman’s Fund : Mr. Witter suffered from a fractured wrist and faced multiple wrist surgeries in the future caused from progressive post-traumatic arthritis.
Total Settlement: $300,000 UIM arbitration
• Jane Doe v. John Doe and Budget Rental Car company: Snohomish County Superior Court No. 03-2-09292-2 . After a motor vehicle accident, a 35 year old woman underwent multiple injections in her cervical and lumbar spine, radiofrequency treatments, and a rhizotomy but still had limitations and discomfort after 4 years of treatment.
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