Our client, a 79-year-old woman, was traveling on Bancroft Street in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. As she was traveling through the intersection of Bancroft and Reynolds, another driver traveling at approximately 40 mph, ran the red light and smashed into the driver’s side of the vehicle our client was operating. The impact of the collision was so forceful it sent our client’s vehicle spinning off road, coming to rest in a gas station parking lot. All of the airbags in our client’s vehicle deployed and she was left unconscious. She was taken by ambulance to the Trauma Unit at Toledo Hospital where she remained for nine days.
As a result of the collision our client suffered significant debilitating injuries including a brain bleed, a grade 2 liver laceration, a collapsed lung, a fractured ankle, a concussion, and multiple bruising and abrasions. Our client was released from the hospital to a nursing home where she stayed there for six weeks being rehabilitated.
Prior to the collision our client was a spry 79-year-old woman who lived independently and carried on her own daily activities. After the collision our client was weak and bedridden. She lived with pain and deformity and became dependent on family and caregivers. Medical experts opined that her injuries accelerated her age-related pathology and shortened her lifespan.
Our office was retained and immediately began investigations which included collecting witness statements and video footage. The at-fault driver initially disputed liability. However, once our office presented video footage showing the other driver running the red light, liability was accepted at one hundred percent. Our office followed our client’s medical treatment every step of the way. Once our client was done treating our office sought reimbursement for her large sum of medical expenses. Without filing a lawsuit, our office was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $400,000.00.