Vehicle Collided at Traffic Circle in Sacramento Residential Area

The following blog entry is written to illustrate how a car accident lawsuit might follow. Reviewing this kind of case should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this car accident lawsuit and its proceedings.)

INJURIES: Two years after the accident, Gertrude underwent a C4-5 and C5-6 fusion surgery.


On May 11, 2004, plaintiff Harriet Gertrude, 40, a former computer program manager who was unemployed at the time, was driving a sedan westbound on the inside lane of a traffic circle in Sacramento, CA. Stuart Heinsman was driving a compact car southbound. He entered the traffic circle after passing a yield sign, and the front left of Heinsman’s auto struck the front right of Gertrude’s auto.

Claiming physical damages, Gertrude sued Heinsman for motor vehicle negligence.

Gertrude claimed that Heinsman failed to yield at the yield sign.

Gertrude later underwent a carpal tunnel release to her right wrist and ulnar nerve transposition to her right elbow.

Gertrude claimed that her surgery and other procedures resulted directly from the car accident, claiming medical specials of $70,000.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

Gertrude was not working at the time, but she claimed that she planned to return to work.

Gertrude also made an unspecified demand for pain and suffering.

Heinsman disputed the damages, contending that Gertrude’s fusion surgery was the result of a degenerative disc disease, as per her medical records. He also claimed that the carpal tunnel release and ulnar nerve transposition resulted from repetitive motions that she made while working with computers.

Heinsman also claimed that Gertrude did not plan on returning to work.

RESULT: Mediated Settlement

About one month before trial, the case settled for $410,000.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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