Mother and Two Children are Rear-Ended at Stoplight in Sacramento Car Crash

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: Ms. Tulip severely injured her back, undergoing an anterior cervical discectomy, cervical fusion and cervical plating at C5-6.


On May 27, 2004, plaintiff Janice Tulip, 40s, a certified Bowen therapist, was driving a station wagon eastbound on Sunset Avenue in Fair Oaks. Her children–Brittney, age 17; and Sam, age 14–were passengers in the back. At the Hazel Avenue intersection, Ms. Tulip stopped to make a right turn, and was rear-ended by a sedan driven by Herman Young.

Claiming physical damages, the Tulips sued Young for motor vehicle negligence.

Young admitted liability for purposes of arbitration.

Brittney sustained soft-tissue injuries to her neck and back. She treated 25 times with a chiropractor and had no residuals.

Sam suffered severe pain in his lower back and neck and headaches. Treating chiropractor Dan Ernie diagnosed cervical sprain, and he underwent 27 chiropractic sessions. At trial, Sam claimed residual pain, saying that he would need 40 Bowen treatments from his mother.

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

Ms. Tulip’s husband–Sam R. Tulip, 40s, a quality engineer–made a claim for loss of consortium.

The Tulips did not specify their demands.

Young disputed causation, contending that this was a low-speed accident that didn’t result significant injuries or property damage.

Young claimed that Ms. Tulip had a prior car accident and was recommended for cervical discectomy four months before his accident.

Two weeks before trial was set to begin, the case settled for $16,600.

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

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