Our client E.W. lived with his life and sister in the Atlanta suburbs, where he worked as an aquatic facility technician. One morning at approximately 6:00 am, E.W. was traveling to work when he was hit by a commercial truck. E.W. had been traveling southbound on a city road in the left lane when the truck driver attempted to make a left turn. Because the truck driver had to cut across two lanes of traffic to make the turn, E.W. could not avoid the commercial truck and struck the trailer on the driver’s side.
E.W.’s vehicle was totaled as a result of the collision. The truck driver was cited for a Failure To Yield While Turning Left. He later would pay a fine for creating a “hazardous or physically offensive condition.”
Police and emergency responders were immediately called to the scene. E.W. complained of body pain, numbness in his feet, and mental confusion. He was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. At the hospital trauma center, E.W. received multiple x-rays and CTs and was diagnosed with a right posterior vertex scalp hematoma, a subarachnoid hematoma, and a T4-T5 transverse process fracture. Due to the severity of his injuries, E.W. remained in the hospital for several weeks until he was discharged with pain medication. The physicians recommended he refrain from all physical activity for three months and to follow up with multiple clinics. He was also given a neck brace to wear.
The next day, E.W. saw his primary care physician. He complained of headaches, loss of balance, and back pain. The physician ordered an x-ray of his thoracic spine, gave E.W. a cane to aid in his walking, and referred him to a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic doctor. The x-ray of his spine was negative. E.W. returned to the clinic several times that week complaining of loss of hearing, back pain, and the feeling of glass fragments in his scalp.
At his visit with the neurosurgeon, more thoracic MRIs were ordered, as well as a CT scan of E.W.’s thoracic spine. The neurosurgeon believed that E.W. may have a fracture at T9, however he did not see any evidence. He also diagnosed E.W. with a closed head injury. He believed that E.W.’s headaches and hearing loss were due to the subachnoid hemorrhage in his head.
One week after the neurosurgeon visit, E.W. sought treatment from an orthopedic surgeon. Additional MRIs of his back and neck revealed a left-side disc protrusion at C5-C6, broad-based disc protrusion at C6-C7, and lumbar radiculitis at levels L5-S1. E.W. would need back surgery to correct this injury. E.W. was referred to a pain management physician who performed multiple lumbar facet injections as well as a lumbar medial branch radiofrequency denervation. A year after the collision, E.W. would undergo two denervation procedures before beginning treatment at a physical therapy center. Due to his injuries, E.W. was unable to perform his previous work duties and was moved to an administrative position.
E.W. retained Kaufman Law one month after the incident to assist him with his case. The Kaufman Law team fought hard to ensure E.W. received fair compensation for his chronic injuries. We also filed a Loss of Consortium claim for E.W’s wife, who often had to take time off from work to be a full-time caretaker for her husband. The case was eventually settled for $215,000.00 and the truck driver’s employer was required to compensate E.W. for his continued medical treatment.
With this settlement, E.W. was able to achieve a better quality of life with his wife and family.