In March 2014, our client was riding as a passenger in a friend’s car when he was involved in a life-threatening motor vehicle accident. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the car to go off the road and hit a trailer before coming to a stop. The driver had been consuming alcohol prior to the accident and was driving intoxicated when the crash occurred. Due to being intoxicated, the driver fled the scene of the accident and failed to report the crash. Our client was left bleeding profusely at the scene by the driver. First responders arrived at the scene and transported our client via life flight to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries.
As a result of the accident, our client sustained a right hip fracture and open femur fracture of his right leg. The injury to his femur also caused him to lose a significant amount of blood. Our client underwent orthopedic surgery to repair both injuries. The fractures were so severe that they required the implantation of several rods and screws to stabilize his femur. Our client remained hospitalized for five days and was then discharged to continue his recovery at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, where he remained for three weeks. Upon being discharged, he required months of intense physical therapy, was unable to live by himself for several weeks, and was forced to be off work for over six months.
This was an extremely tragic accident for someone who was so young and in excellent physical condition prior to the accident. As a result of this collision, our client will have to live with permanent consequences. Due to the nature of his leg injury and the surgery required to fix it, our client’s right leg is now significantly shorter than his left leg, resulting in a permanent limp. The accident has also taken a significant physical and emotional toll on our client. He now has trouble completing his daily routine, and activities he did easily before the accident cause him great difficulty.
Our firm was contacted to assist our client with his recovery from this traumatic incident and our dedicated team worked tirelessly to ensure that he received a favorable result. Although the at-fault driver of the car did not have insurance, luckily our client had purchased uninsured motorist coverage from his own auto insurance policy. Through negotiations, we were successful in obtaining a policy limits settlement offer for our client through his own underinsured motorist insurance policy. While our client can never be made completely whole due to the permanent nature of his injuries, the settlement we secured for him will go a long way to account for his pain and suffering and help him as he moves forward, and his case is an excellent example of why it’s critical for Ohio drivers to purchase uninsured motorist coverage to protect them from driver’s like the one in this case.
***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.***