Our 50 year old client was driving a water truck in a convoy of vehicles for a large paving company when the defendant ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of him.
Our client was forced to turn sharply to the left in an attempt to avoid the collision, causing the water in the tanker to shift and the truck to roll over on its side. Our client struck his head and face against the pavement as his truck slid along the road before coming to rest in a ditch. Our client sustained severe facial fractures and underwent surgery to implant permanent metal hardware in his face. He also sustained broken ribs, a fractured sternum, and injuries to both shoulders. In the weeks following the accident, our client also developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which resulted in significant depression, anxiety and frequent nightmares. After being retained, we filed a workers’ compensation claim for our client against his employer and a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. Our client received over $168,000.00 in workers’ compensation benefits, after which we settled his claim for an additional $50,000.00. We then settled his personal injury for $750,000.00. Our client thus received settlements with a combined value exceeding $968,000.00. Although our client’s injuries prevented him from returning to his prior job, he was extremely motivated to move forward with his life. He returned to work as a security officer and has received several promotions and raises. We are very impressed with the way our client bounced back from his severe injuries and are proud to have provided him and his family with some financial security.