Woman Claims Sacramento Car Accident Causes Life-Changing Injury

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: Torrance sought care the following day. She claimed a life-changing injury to her lower back that developed into discitis at L5-S1. She underwent orthopedic medical treatment and chiropractic care and got MRIs and epidurals. She claimed in excess of $21,000 in medical specials.


On March 5, 2004, plaintiff Martha Torrance, 30s, a sales representative, was driving a sedan southbound on Interstate 5 in Sacramento. Fred Rudolph was driving a utility truck in the same direction on the same roadway in the scope of his employment with California XYZ.

Torrance slowed down for traffic congestion, and was rear-ended by Rudolph.

Claiming physical damages, Torrance sued Rudolph, California XYZ and company president Jim Garron for motor vehicle negligence.

The defense admitted liability.

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

Torrance claimed that she would require a future lumbar fusion, but the defense was granted a motion for nonsuit on the issue. Nevertheless, Torrance sought about $30,000 in future medical expenses for MRIs and epidurals over the rest of her lifetime.

Torrance added an unspecified demand for pain and suffering.

The defense disputed the nature and extent of Torrance’s injuries.

The defense noted that, on June 9, 2004, Torrance was in another car accident that ended in a settlement in her favor.

The defense contended that Torrance sustained only soft-tissue injuries in her rear-ender with Rudolph, and that her medical problems had resolved before the second accident, which caused all her present injuries.

The defense pointed out that photographs showed only minor damages to the right front of Rudolph’ truck, and that the truck only needed $473 in repairs.

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

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