Personal Injury Case Results – Car Accidents
Head-on Collision; $1.125 Million
The plaintiff, then 17 years old, was a front seat passenger in a vehicle. The operator of that vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines and struck another vehicle head-on. The force of the front impact was significant. The plaintiff lost consciousness at the scene and had obvious severe injuries. Trial report for this car accident / motor vehicle negligence case
Pedestrian Struck by Motor Vehicle; $202,000
One evening, the plaintiff, a 34-year-old, self-employed construction worker, finished a contracted job at a client’s house in Wilmington. In an attempt to help one of the trucks pull out of a driveway onto the busy main road, the plaintiff walked to the end of the driveway and stood on the side of the road. He then began to direct the truck out of the driveway and onto the main road. As he was standing on the side of the road, a vehicle operated by the defendant struck the plaintiff. The defendant denied seeing the plaintiff prior to the impact. As a result of being struck by the defendant’s vehicle, the plaintiff suffered serious injuries to his left foot.
Motor Vehicle Accident – Motor vehicle accident in New Hampshire; $100,000
The plaintiff was operating her vehicle with the right of way along Rte 102 in New Hampshire when a vehicle operated by the defendant, which was pulled over to the side of the road, attempted to re-enter traffic, causing the vehicles to collide. The plaintiff’s vehicle was totaled as a result of the accident.
Woman Suffers Severe Head, Neck and Knee Injuries, Resulting in Payment of $1.35 Million
The plaintiff, a 50-year-old former child abuse prevention counselor, was struck from behind by a passenger van being driven by the defendant. The plaintiff was at a complete stop with her left turn signal activated preparing for a left turn when she was struck by the plaintiff. Diagnostic tests revealed severe posterior disc herniations. The plaintiff also suffered a severe injury to her knee, later requiring a total knee replacement, which was complicated by a post-operative infection. The plaintiff also suffered from severe depression following the accident and memory impairment due to her injuries. The case was settled prior to trial for $1.3 Million. Eric J. Parker and Susan M. Bourque represented the plaintiff.
Car Accident – Head-On Collision by Unlicensed Motorist; $1.02 Million
The plaintiff was a 33-year-old public school teacher who was struck head-on by an unlicensed automobile operator, traveling in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. The plaintiff suffered scarring to his face, fractures of his maxillary sinuses, a fractured nasal plate, and a left frontal skull fracture. The case was settled by Parker Scheer following two days of mediation.
Pedestrian Car Accident – Hit While Crossing The Street; $725,000
On an early winter morning, the plaintiff’s decedent was walking in her suburban residential neighborhood in Massachusetts. At approximately 6:00 A.M., a witness recalled seeing the defendant’s vehicle accelerate as it passed him. The witness was familiar with the vehicle from his routine early morning walks and – on several prior occasions – motioned to the driver to slow down. A short time later, the witness heard a loud crash.
Auto Accident – Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear; $105,000
The plaintiff injured her shoulder in an auto vehicle incident in which she was rear-ended by the defendant in Newton, Massachusetts. Diagnostic testing confirmed that the plaintiff had sustained a partial thickness rotator cuff tear. The plaintiff underwent several months of courses of physical therapy, which was unsuccessful in managing her pain. As a result, the plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon recommended surgical repair, and the plaintiff underwent the surgical procedure. Although the procedure was largely successful, the plaintiff, an avid tennis player, continues to some residual pain. The case settled prior to trial.
Car Accident Resulting in Closed-Head Injury; $150,000
The plaintiff, an 11-year-old boy, was struck by the defendant while riding his bicycle through a residential neighborhood in Malden. The plaintiff sustained a closed head injury and underwent several months of rehabilitation and occupational therapy. The defendant disputed liability as both he and a neutral eye-witness were prepared to testify that the plaintiff turned suddenly to the left and into the defendant’s path of travel. The defendant also disputed that not all of the plaintiff’s neurological injuries were related to the accident, but rather attributable to a prior cognitive disability diagnosis. The case settled after one day of mediation.
Car Accident Resulting in Torn LT ligament, Requiring Surgical Repair; $135,000
The plaintiff was a front-seat passenger in a van that was struck by the defendant who had failed to stop at a stop sign. The plaintiff braced herself for the impact by placing her hands and feet on the dashboard. The impact caused the plaintiff to sustain injuries to her left wrist, a torn LT ligament, and right ankle, a torn retinaculum, both of which required surgical repair. The defendant disputed the causal link between the incident and the right ankle injury because the plaintiff’s first ankle treatment was several months after the accident. The case settled prior to litigation.
Car Accident Involving Pedestrian – Fractured Leg; $270,000
The plaintiff, a 59-year-old Brighton, MA resident, was a pedestrian lawfully crossing the street within a marked crosswalk. The defendant, an employee of a major hospital, failed to observe the plaintiff and struck her a she was within the crosswalk. As a result of the impact, the plaintiff was thrown up and over the defendant’s vehicle before landing on the roadway. The plaintiff suffered a fracture of her left tibial plateau, requiring open reduction with internal fixation. Following surgery, the plaintiff endured a painful course of physical therapy. The case settled after one day of mediation.
Auto Accident Resulting in Fractured Ankle; $660,000
The plaintiff, a 34-year-old former U.S. Marine, suffered a fractured ankle joint, including a fractured distal tibia and fibula, after his car was struck by a rental truck operated by an employee of a truck rental company. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff underwent reconstruction of his ankle joint, including open reduction with internal fixation, which involved the placement of a six-hole plate to secure the fractured fibula and the application of an external fixator. The case was settled just prior to trial.
Car Accident Resulting in Fractured Clavicle; $170,000
The plaintiff, a 30-year-old professional consultant, was traveling northbound on Route 3 near Hingham, Massachusetts in his 1997 Range Rover Discovery. At the same time, the defendant’s car, traveling in the same direction as the plaintiff, lost its rear axle, causing the defendant to lose control of his vehicle and strike the plaintiff’s auto at high speed. The impact caused the plaintiff’s car to roll over several times before coming to rest in the left lane of Route 3. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff sustained multiple trauma, including a left clavicular fracture. In addition, the plaintiff sustained an abrasion to his left cheek and left elbow and a distal tip abrasion with flap avulsion to his right fourth finger. Over the months that followed, the plaintiff continued to experience marked weakness in his left arm and was ultimately diagnosed as suffering traumatically induced, left axillary nerve palsy with resolving paralysis of the deltoid musculature.
Auto Accident Resulting in Closed Head Injury; $340,000
The plaintiff, a 76-year-old Chinese immigrant, suffered a closed head injury after being struck by the defendant’s auto vehicle while crossing Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton, Massachusetts. The plaintiff was prepared to offer evidence at trial that the plaintiff was struck while crossing within the pedestrian crosswalk and was nearing the sidewalk when he was struck by the defendant’s car. The defendant contended that he (the defendant) had a green light controlling traffic in his direction and that the plaintiff violated the defendant’s “right of way”. As a result of the impact, the plaintiff suffered a closed head injury as well as a fractured left fibula. The case was settled just prior to trial.
Car Accident involving Pedestrian, Multiple Bone Fractures; $575,015.22
The plaintiff, an 84-year-old Haitian immigrant, attempted to cross Washington Street after exiting church services in Hyde Park in order to return to her husband’s parked car. While in the process of crossing the Street, she was struck by a car, forcing her body over the hood of the car before landing on the roadway. The plaintiff suffered fractures of her left femur, tibia, fibula, left humerus, clavicle, and scapula, as well as fractures of her 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th ribs; a right AC joint separation; and a post-operative pulmonary embolism. Medical bills incurred by the plaintiff as a result of her accident-related injuries totaled approximately $75,000. An award of $575,015.22 was entered by the court following a hearing on the plaintiff’s motion for assessment of damages.
Auto Accident Resulting in Broken Leg, Broken Finger; $250.000 (policy limits)
The plaintiff was struck by a traveling car while lawfully crossing a road within a marked crosswalk. The force of the impact caused the plaintiff to be thrown over the hood of the defendant’s car, before landing on the pavement several yards from the point of impact. As a result of the impact, the plaintiff suffered a comminuted fracture of his mid-fibular shaft and a comminuted fracture of his tibia.
Car / Truck Accident Resulting in Death; $850,000
The plaintiff, a 57-year-old retired firefighter, was struck from behind while stopped in traffic waiting to make a left turn by a commercial trucker, operating a large gravel truck, who apparently never saw the plaintiff and slammed into the rear of the plaintiff’s pick-up, at full speed, forcing the plaintiff’s car forward and into a nearby tree. The deceased was entrapped in the wreckage in a position that severely compromised chest wall movement, leading to cardiac arrest and death.
Car Accident – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy of lower extremities; $100,000 (policy limit)
While assisting a stranded motorist, the plaintiff, a 39-year-old husband, and father of two teenage daughters suffered serious injuries after being struck by a heavily intoxicated Massachusetts state employee, who was operating a personal vehicle on a day off. The injuries left the plaintiff confined to a wheelchair, with a diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (R.S.D.).
Car Accident involving a Bicycle – Wrongful Death; $250,000 (policy limit)
The defendant took a left turn at an intersection, colliding with an 18-year-old university student on a bicycle. The collision between the defendant’s car and the bicyclist killed the decedent on impact. The defendant had executed his left turn after being waived-on by a second motor vehicle, traveling in the opposite direction, and operated by the second defendant. The plaintiff reached an agreement in principle to settle all claims against defendant No. 1, for the full limits of defendant No. 1’s policy limits of $250,000. The plaintiff’s claims against defendant No. 2 are pending.
Auto Accident involving Pedestrian – Right Tibial Shaft Fracture; $100,000 (Maximum Coverage Available)
The plaintiff, a 22-year-old female pedestrian, suffered a right tibial shaft fracture after being struck by a motor vehicle in Chelsea, Massachusetts. As a result of this accident, the plaintiff underwent an open surgical procedure at which time a LISS plate was placed to stabilize the fractured tibia.
Auto Accident – Exacerbation back pain; $250,000
The plaintiff, a 61-year-old female, was the restrained operator of a motor vehicle traveling Southbound on Concord Street in Framingham, Massachusetts. As the plaintiff proceeded straight on Concord Street, the Defendant, operating a commercial van, cut directly into the plaintiff’s path of travel and struck her vehicle. The force of the collision resulted in a “roll-over” of the defendant’s vehicle, and significant damage to the plaintiff’s vehicle.
Auto Accident – Fractured Fingers; $110,000
One night, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the plaintiff, a 21-year-old, graduating Harvard College senior, was a restrained front-seat passenger of a motor vehicle operated by the defendant. Upon entering a controlled intersection in Cambridge, the defendant negligently disregarded a red traffic signal, causing his vehicle to collide with a second vehicle which was in the process of making a left-hand turn. Upon impact, the passenger-side airbag deployed, causing injury to the plaintiff’s hands and her right arm. She was transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Auto Accident involving Pedestrian – Multiple Fractures; $100,000 (policy limit)
The pedestrian plaintiff suffered a comminuted fracture of the left distal tibia and fibula after being hit by a motor vehicle in Quincy, Massachusetts. As a result of this accident, an intramedullary rod was inserted in the plaintiff’s left lower leg to help stabilize the fractured tibia. The case was settled within three and a half months of the accident.
Auto Accident – Ankle Fracture; $100,000
The plaintiff, a 31-year-old male, was a pedestrian seated on a curb in Lowell, Massachusetts. The defendant attempted to back out of a parking spot but instead accelerated forwarded striking the plaintiff’s legs, and pinning his left ankle and leg between the car and the curb.
Motor Vehicle Negligence- Fractured Femur; $177,500
The plaintiff, a 47-year-old woman was celebrating her birthday with friends when she agreed to take a short ride as a passenger on a friend’s motorcycle. While the friend was riding straight on a road, an operator of a motor vehicle turned left in front of the motorcycle causing a collision. The force of the impact caused both the driver and the plaintiff to be thrown from the motorcycle. The plaintiff was seriously injured and was taken to a local trauma hospital for medical treatment.
Motor Vehicle Negligence- Emotional Distress; $155,000
The plaintiff, a 31-year-old woman, was a front-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was struck from behind by another vehicle. The force of the impact caused her to hit her head and she may have lost consciousness for a brief period of time. When she came to, she felt as though she was in a haze and had difficulty hearing people that were right next to her.
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- Woman Suffers Severe Head, Neck and Knee Injuries; $1.35 Million
- Car Accident Resulting in Closed-Head Injury; $340,000
- Car Accident Resulting in Torn LT ligament, Requiring Surgical Repair; $135,000
- Car Accident Involving Pedestrian – Fractured Leg; $270,000
- Auto Accident Resulting in Fractured Ankle; $660,000
- Car Accident Resulting in Fractured Clavicle; $170,000
- Auto Accident Resulting in Broken Leg, Broken Finger; $250.000 (policy limits)
- Car / Truck Accident Resulting in Death; $850,000
- Car Accident – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy of Lower Extremities; $100,000 (policy limit)
- Car Accident involving a Bicycle – Wrongful Death; $250,000 (policy limit)
- Auto Accident – Exacerbation back pain; $250,000
- Auto Accident – Fractured Fingers; $100,000
- Auto Accident – Ankle Fracture; $100,000
- Pedestrian Struck by Motor Vehicle; $202,000
- Motor Vehicle Negligence; $177,500
- Motor Vehicle Negligence Resulting in Emotional Distress; $155,000