A 21-year old champion athlete was on his way to work one fateful morning when the car he was driving figured in a car accident that would change his life forever.
Driving his parents’ vehicle to get to work, the plaintiff was about to make a left turn on an intersection when the defendant’s car crashed into him.
DUI Resulting in Injury
The defendant was drunk and had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 at the time of the accident. The defendant also said that he had not slept in 24 hours and had fallen asleep while driving that morning.
Defendant was charged and convicted for DUI. But in the civil case for personal injury that the plaintiff filed, the defendant claimed that the plaintiff was also to blame for the car crash. He alleged that from the speed of the defendant’s car, the plaintiff should have known that the defendant would not stop at the traffic light and had the last chance to avoid the accident by making evasive maneuvers.
Spinal Cord Injury from Car Accident
The plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries for which he claimed compensation. The car accident resulted in the plaintiff’s head laceration and spinal cord injury which paralyzed the plaintiff from the neck down. His severe injuries led to health complications involving his bladder and kidney and uncontrollable spasms that affected his blood pressure. The victim prayed for an award to cover:
- Past and future medical expenses, including 24-hour care
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Future pain and suffering
After trial, the jury deliberated on the case for 2 days and came out with a total award of more than $125 million to cover economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. The jury did not find that the plaintiff was negligent in the accident and further found that the defendant acted with malice.
If you or a family member is severely injured in a car accident, getting both medical and legal assistance is important for a complete recovery. Speak to an experienced Sherman Oaks car accident attorney about your accident and find out whether you have a right to claim compensation for your injuries.
Whether you are in the San Fernando Valley region or in any other location in Los Angeles, California, the dedicated attorneys at Fox and Fox Law Corporation can help you. With more 30 years of personal injury experience, we have helped clients recover the maximum value of compensation in catastrophic car accidents and other types of personal injury cases. Call us today at (818) 986-4494 for a free evaluation of your case.