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On May 28, 2016, while driving on Route 522 in Louisa County, the defendant rear-ended our client. Neither vehicle sustained a significant amount of property damage. The two drivers exchanged contact and insurance information. Our client started feeling left shoulder pain and decided to drive from the crash scene to Martha Jefferson Hospital to be examined. The emergency room physician referred our client to an orthopedist, who ordered a course of physical therapy. Unfortunately, the physical therapy did not alleviate our client’s left shoulder pain and his orthopedist ordered an MRI. The results revealed a torn rotator cuff. Although the orthopedist recommended surgery, our client chose to continue with physical therapy. After his November 2016 medical discharge, our client continued to perform his therapy exercises at home.
The defendant’s auto insurance carrier made no settlement offer and therefore, we filed suit. The defendant’s attorney argued that our client could not have sustained such an injury in this “minor” collision. On behalf of our client, we presented evidence and testimony from the automobile repairman, the emergency room physician, the orthopedist, physical therapist, and a friend of our client.
The jury analyzed all of the evidence which included $8,289.72 of incurred medical bills and $23,123.00 of future medicals for the rotator cuff surgery and post-surgical treatment. The jury came back with a verdict for our client in the amount of $75,000.
The lack of an offer from the defendant’s insurance company did not deter us from our dedication to fight for the compensation our client deserved.