$300,000 Settlement – Ohio State Highway Patrolman Severely Injured While Responding to Auto AccidentCar Accident Injuries
On a snowy and icy day in March 2014, our client, an Ohio State Patrolman, was injured while he was on the job responding to an automobile accident on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County. At the time of this horrific accident, Sandusky Country was operating under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, which mandates that all roadways are closed to non-emergency persons. When our client arrived on the scene, traffic was at a stop due to a tractor-trailer blocking all lanes of traffic. Our client activated his lights, got out of his patrol car, and made his way towards the accident. As he did so, a series of collisions caused by the four defendants occurred into the stopped traffic behind our client. The collision caused by the four tractor-trailers resulted in our client being pinned underneath three vehicles.
At the hospital, our client was diagnosed with a shattered femur, multiple broken ribs, punctured lungs, a ruptured spleen, a spinal injury, and damage to his liver and kidneys. His injuries were so catastrophic that they required surgery and our client remained in the intensive care unit for twelve days. Following discharge from the hospital, our client was transferred to a skilled nursing facility, where he received additional therapy and rehabilitation services.
Luckily, our client was eventually able to return to his duties as an Ohio State Patrolman. Even though his injuries healed, he still experienced continued pain, weakness, restricted mobility in his leg, and the overwhelming fear that these injuries may negatively impact his future.
Our office originally filed suit in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio for claims of negligence. Luckily, due to a successful negotiation we obtained a settlement for our client and avoided the need for a trial.