Husband and Wife Enter Into Confidential Settlements Exceeding $1.6 Million Dollars - $1,600,000
In July 2006, Mr. and Mrs. John Doe were involved in a horrendous motor vehicle accident near Key West, Florida when their vehicle was rear ended by a commercial truck. Earlier that same day, the operator of the commercial truck experienced brake problems. His supervisor asked him to drive the vehicle back to their home office. It was a busy holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the brakes on the truck failed causing the truck to violently rear end the vehicle operated by Mr. Doe as he was waiting to make a left turn. Their vehicle was totaled by the crash.
As a result of the crash, Mr. Doe sustained multiple disc herniation's in the cervical spine at C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7 as well as injuries to his low back resulting in herniation's in his lumbar spine at L2-L3 and L4-L5. Mr. Doe also underwent surgery for injuries that he sustained to his shoulder and knee following the crash. The primary treating physicians for Mr. Doe opined that he would require ongoing medical treatment throughout his lifetime, including doctor visits, physical therapy, facet block in the lumbar spine and fusions to the cervical and lumbar spine regions. His past medical expenses were approximately $131,000.00.
This matter went to mediation and ultimately settled for a confidential amount that exceeded $900,000.00.
Mrs. Doe also suffered serious injuries in the same crash. She was a front seat passenger in the vehicle operated by her husband. She had to be removed from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life. She had injuries to her neck, right shoulder, upper back, right wrist, left knee, and low back. Mrs. Doe also experienced significant headaches as well as bilateral jaw pain. MRI studies were positive for disc herniation's in her cervical spine at C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7, in the thoracic spine at T4-T5 and in the low back at L4-L5 and L5-S1. A board certified neurosurgeon evaluated Mrs. Doe for spinal surgery and recommended that she undergo a fusion of her cervical spine from C4-C7. At the time of settlement, Mrs. Doe's past medical expenses were in excess of $77,000.00. The matter was successfully mediated with a confidential settlement that exceeded $700,000.00.