The following blog entry is written to illustrate an example of a personal injury case. Reviewing this kind of lawsuit 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 personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)
Plaintiff made a claim for subluxation of his C7-8 vertebrae leaving him an incomplete quadriplegia from nipples down, acute respiratory distress syndrome, leukocytosis, thrombocytosis, dysphagia, polydipsia, anxiety, nyponatremia, hypokalemia, acute renal failure, post-trauma pulmonary insufficiency, hyposmolality, pneumonia, post hemorrhagic anemia, constipation, neuogenic bladder and bowel, abnormal glucose, cardiac dysrhythmias and autonomic dysreflexia, hyperglycemia, C3-C4 and C4-C5 disc protrusion, UTIs, insomnia, depression, blisters and ulcers, $947,000 in past medical expenses, $2 million to 5 million in future medical expenses, $120,000 in past lost income, $1.7 million in future lost wages, reduced life expectancy and lost enjoyment of life.
Plaintiff’s mother made a claim for loss of her son’s consortium. She asserted Plaintiff visited her regularly and maintained her home. She sought $107,000 for loss of household services.
The plaintiffs sought judgment, individually, for general and special damages.
The State of California alleged Plaintiff was comparatively negligent by failing to see the cable and by speeding.
According to plaintiff attorneys, Plaintiff and Mother offered to settle for $5,499,000.
The parties entered mediation proceedings September 25, 2011 and reached a $5,000,000 settlement. Joint Legislative Committee approval was obtained. November 6, 2011.
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.