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.
Our client, a young woman, was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling on County Road E in York Township, just outside of Wauseon, Ohio. At the same time a dump truck being driven by an employee who was in the course and scope…
Our client, a young woman, was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling on County Road E in York Township, just outside of Wauseon, Ohio. At the same time a dump truck being driven by an employee who was in the course and scope of his employment, failed to stop at the intersection’s posted stop sign, causing our client’s vehicle to smash into the side of the truck. Emergency Medical crews were called to scene where they immediately observed our client’s deformed left leg indicating a compound fracture. Due to the significant injuries, our client was sedated at the scene of the accident. She was then life flighted for emergency medical treatment to a local trauma hospital.
At the hospital it was determined that our client had fractured her femur, right ankle and had broken her neck. She required emergency consultations with an orthopedic surgeon and neurologist. She was kept in the hospital for a total of eight days and underwent three separate surgical procedures to repair her fractures.
Following discharge from the hospital, our client was transferred to a skilled nursing facility where she received personal care assistance and underwent rigorous physical therapy to strengthen and assist in healing her complex fractures. She stayed in the skilled nursing facility for a total of three weeks. Unfortunately, our client continued to experience increased pain in her left hip, left knee, and right ankle. She was forced to undergo two more surgeries to remove the hardware that was previously implanted and underwent additional physical therapy.
Since the accident our client suffered from anxiety and depression. She had difficulty finding the motivation to continue her active treatment schedule. She experienced anxiety attacks while riding in vehicles, nightmares regarding motor vehicle accidents, and unprovoked crying spells. As a result, she sought counseling and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Before the accident our client was a hard-working, active young woman with great things ahead of her. However, due to the collision she lost more than a year of her life being homebound and unable to ambulate without the assistance of a wheelchair or crutches. She was placed under permanent weight bearing restrictions of 25 lbs. which left her unable to carry her young child. The effects of the collision left her permanently disabled leading to substantial impairment on her life and ability to work.
Days after the collision the Charles Boyk Law Office was contacted to assist our client with the aftermath of the truck accident. On behalf of our client, Boyk Law filed a lawsuit, in the Northern District of Ohio Federal Court, against the dump truck driver’s estate and the dump truck driver’s employer. After initial discovery and fact-gathering, Boyk Law submitted a lengthy demand packet to opposing counsel which lead to a quick resolution and large settlement for our client.
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.