The plaintiff was an automobile operator, traveling northbound on Route 1A in Walpole, Massachusetts. At the same time, the defendant, a temporary employee of the defendant truck rental company, was operating a rental truck southbound on Route 1A. As the two vehicles approached one another, the defendant made a sudden left turn, directly in front of the plaintiff, causing the two autos to collide. As a result of the impact, the plaintiff suffered a pilon fracture of the right distal tibia with multiple fracture fragments, a non-displaced fracture of the right fibula, and a compression fracture of the medial dome of the talus.
The plaintiff was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital where he underwent open reduction with internal fixation of his right tibial pilon fracture with the plating of the fibula and the application of uniplanar external fixator.
Following his discharge from MGH, the plaintiff was immediately admitted to Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital where he underwent a two-week course of physical and occupational therapy.
At the time of the incident, the plaintiff earned approximately $570 per week as an accounts receivable administrator. As a result of his auto accident-related injuries and treatment, the plaintiff remained out of work for approximately seven weeks. Total medical bills resulting from the auto accident were approximately $87,000.
The case settled just before trial for $660,000.
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