$800,000.00 Tractor Trailer Accident
$800,000.00 settlement after filing suit.
Tractor Trailer accident - Crushed between two 18 Wheelers (Open reduction, internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries for both broken legs at the knee and a broken left leg at the ankle; a closed reduction for the shoulder dislocation, as well as treatment for his broken right arm, broken ribs and broken vertebra)
A 52 year-old fabricator was crushed and pinned between two tractor trailers, having to be cut out of his car that was embedded in grill of Defendant tractor trailer. After two weeks in the hospital, client was confined to hospital bed in his living room of his home and then wheel chair for approximately five months until his complex fracture healed.
An accident reconstruction expert was retained by Plaintiff’s counsel immediately to secure the event data control (EDC) and electronic control modules (ECM) from his vehicle and the tractor trailer, and in particular, the power train module and airbag control module. According to expert, the extracted data demonstrated Plaintiff’s vehicle was at a roll before being hit from behind by the Defendant tractor trailer and catapulted into the tractor trailer sitting in front of him, bringing Plaintiff’s vehicle to abrupt standstill. This finding helped eliminate any contention that Plaintiff contributed to his own injuries by hitting the tractor trailer in front of him first.
At a pre-lawsuit mediation, $500,000.00 was offered by Defendant tractor trailer before a lawsuit was filed resulting in litigation. Prior to reaching a settlement agreement, Plaintiff’s counsel was able to obtain a $41,391.02 reduction of the total reimbursement amount owed to his employer-sponsored and self-funded health insurance plan in order to maintain his health benefits upon returning to work after 85 weeks of disability.