In August 2012, our client was left with substantial injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. While he was driving in a left-hand turn lane, our client was hit by the defendant driver when she attempted to change lanes, failing to see our client in the turn lane. This accident resulted in substantial injuries to our client. Unfortunately, he was involved in a second auto accident two years later. Our client owned and operated a car repair shop and in January 2014, as our client was attempting to back a tow truck and trailer into the parking lot of his business, the defendant failed to observe the trailer in the roadway and struck our client’s truck. As a result of this second accident, the injuries our client sustained in the first accident were significantly aggravated.
The first accident caused our client to suffer two herniated discs. This injury caused him excruciating pain, severe headaches, and numbness in his arms. He was also required to undergo a spinal fusion. Due to the recovery period after the surgery, our client could not begin physical therapy to continue his recovery for nearly eight months. Finally, in October 2013, our client was able to begin physical therapy. His injury was slowly improving when the accident in 2014 occurred and resulted in his re-injury. After the second accident, our client again began to experience pain and numbness in his arms. His surgeon determined that as a result of this second accident, our client sustained a tear to his brachial plexus nerve. To treat his injury, our client was required to once again begin extensive physical therapy sessions.
Prior to the accident, our client was in excellent health and worked a physically demanding job as a mechanic. After both these accidents, he is unable to lift anything over ten pounds and is unable to keep up with the physical demands his job requires. Our client took pride in fixing cars himself, but due to the extent of his injuries he is now unable to do so. He was forced to hire two mechanics and now just supervises daily operations instead of performing the hands on work he enjoyed.
We understand that litigation can be a time consuming and emotionally draining process. Fortunately for our client, we were able to greatly reduce the amount of time he was required to spend resolving these two cases. Under Ohio law, when two separate accidents occur and result in a single injury that is incapable of being separated, the two individual cases can be joined together as one against both defendants. As a result of this law, we were able to handle and resolve both cases for our client at the same time, saving him time and ensuring that he was able to move on from these life changing accidents.
We were contacted to assist our client in the months following the second accident. Our attorneys filed suit against both defendants in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court. Luckily, due to a successful negotiation we obtained a settlement for our client without the need for a lengthy and complicated trial.
***Individual results may vary based on the facts, injuries, jurisdiction, venue, witnesses, parties, and other factors. This result is not necessarily representative of the results obtained by all clients.**