Our client was a Perrysburg Township police officer involved in a crash while in the scope of his employment. He was stopped at a red light when a semi-truck, traveling at a speed of 60 mph, failed to stop and slammed into the rear of his vehicle. Our client was transported to the hospital with complaints of extreme back pain.
Our client suffered serious back injury as a result of the automobile collision. Imaging revealed he had a residual L5-S1 disc herniation, increase in fluid in the thecal sac, and disc protrusion at the L4-L5 level indenting the anterior thecal sac. He underwent three separate surgeries and physical therapy. However, he continued to experience chronic pain and began having bouts of depression and anxiety with reported sleep disturbances. Our client then had an undocumented suicide attempt and began psychological treatment.
Prior to this tragic accident our client was a healthy, physically fit, 28-year old father of three. He was a proud veteran of the Iraqi War and a former volunteer firefighter. After the accident our client was unable to return to work. He and his wife struggled to keep the family together in a safe comfortable home. Our client was eventually diagnosed with anxiety disorder and was told he would have to live his life with chronic pain. Due to the physical nature of his employment, he was medically disqualified and was told he would not be able to return to work in that field.
We represented this client on a Workers’ Compensation claim and secured him full benefits. After the Workers’ Compensation claim settled, we pursued a lawsuit in Lucas County for his loss of employment. We negotiated an out of court settlement with the negligent driver and the driver’s employer in the amount of $1,250,000.00.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – Man T-Boned By Truck Suffers Near Arm Amputation
Our client was driving home from work when a truck failed to yield at a stop sign and crushed the driver’s side of his SUV. An eyewitness to the crash who was traveling behind the truck stated that the truck never stopped, instead running right through the stop sign into the intersection and colliding with our client. Knocked unconscious and bleeding heavily, our client was trapped in his vehicle with his left arm nearly amputated. The entire driver’s side of our client’s SUV was crunched in, and the interior of his car was covered in blood. The eyewitness happened to be a nurse. She was able to use a belt as a tourniquet, potentially saving our client’s arm or even his life.
It took approximately ten minutes for emergency crews to cut our client out of his vehicle. Upon being extracted, our client was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his arm. He ultimately underwent three procedures to repair the damage to nerves and muscles. Some of these involved transferring tendons from his wrist area to another part of his left arm to regain mobility there. Unfortunately, that tendon transfer permanently reduced our client’s ability to use his left hand. After all these surgeries, our client has large scars zigzagging across his left arm – a constant reminder of the terrifying day that a truck came out of nowhere and changed his life. He still suffers from tingling and pain in his arm, and his activities are impaired as a result of the accident. In addition to the arm injury, our client suffered back and neck pain, along with numerous other cuts and abrasions to his body.
Our office filed a lawsuit in federal court against the truck company and its negligent truck driver. After obtaining documents related to the truck company and defending our client’s deposition, the case settled at a court-facilitated settlement conference for an undisclosed amount of money.