(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this car accident/personal injury case and its proceedings.)
Plaintiff will contend the automobile accident happened after 9:00 p.m., on Halloween Night. The evidence will demonstrate this location, just a few blocks from University Avenue, was particularly congested with pedestrian traffic at that time. Defendant was driving too fast in view of the prevailing conditions and failed to see Mr. Nathan before starting her right turn. Her turn took her across another lane of northbound traffic on River Drive and through a pedestrian crosswalk which is controlled by a signal on the same sequence as north-south River Drive traffic.
Mr. Nathan was taken to Sacramento General’s trauma center via ambulance immediately after the accident. He underwent a variety of x-rays and other diagnostic tests, was given IV Morphine and then Vicodin prior to being released the following day. Because he had sustained fractures in both feet he was sent home by taxi and with immobilizing devices on both feet. He was off work for four to six weeks and was subsequently treated for persistent headaches; abdominal pain; low back pain and bilateral foot pain.
During the course of treatment he was seen in consultation by two neurologists, and a podiatrist. He also had a very brief course of physical therapy. He has continuing complaints of occasional headache pain and of stiffness, lack of mobility and pain in both feet. There is every probability he will suffer from arthritis in both feet and will do so for the remainder of his life.
This matter has been through arbitration with both sides having requested trial de novo.
Although a range of factual issues are disputed in this otherwise routine matter, trial should be concluded within five to seven days. Plaintiff will be requesting an award within the range of $60,000 to $85,000.
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.