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I Was Hit During A Chain Collision. What Are My Rights?

CHAIN COLLISION CASE ANALYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was travelling about 5-8 miles per hour, in traffic, in her Toyota, after exiting the 101 southbound freeway ramp. Defendant was driving his employer’s Ford tractor-trailer truck behind her. Defendant rear-ended Plaintiff which caused a chain collision. Plaintiff’s vehicle then struck the vehicle in front of her, her vehicle then struck a Nissan SUV (non-party) that was in front of her. The Nissan then struck a Lexus (non-party). LAPD responded to this multi-vehicle car accident. Plaintiff sustained injuries.

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LIABILITY

Plaintiff maintains that she was about to stop for traffic when she was rear-ended by Defendant, pushing her into the vehicle ahead of her. Furthermore, Plaintiff maintains that she felt three separate impacts. The first one, the strongest, pushing her into the vehicle in front of her. Thereafter, the second impact from the rear may have pushed her into the same vehicle a second time.

The LAPD traffic accident report confirms Plaintiff ‘s version and indicates the primary cause for this accident was Defendant’s, in violation of Cal. Veh.Code §22350.

The vehicle ahead of Plaintiff alleged that prior to the accident he saw Plaintiff’s vehicle as well as the Defendant’s truck in the same lane that he was in via his rear-view mirror. He does not know whether Defendant hit Plaintiff before or after he was struck by Plaintiff but is aware that he felt two distinct and separate impacts. He was also positive that Defendant’s truck rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff sustained injuries to her chest, knee, foot, neck, low back and shoulders. Immediately after the collision Plaintiff was driven to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with a knee contusion and a chest contusion. Plaintiff was examined by the emergency physician and was given a prescription for Naproxen for pain management.

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The day after the accident, Plaintiff went to see a physical therapist since he provided physical therapy to her in the past with excellent results. Plaintiff started therapy and was advised to see an orthopedic specialist for her injuries. The following week Plaintiff saw an orthopedic specialist.

The doctor examined Plaintiff and diagnosed her with chest contusion, chondromalacia patella, cervical sprain, and left shoulder impingement. The doctor advised Plaintiff to continue her physical therapy treatment two to three times a week. Follow-up exams revealed that Plaintiff also experienced persistent back. The pain in her neck radiated to her scapula. Additional therapy was prescribed. Plaintiff continued to have pain in her foot and continued therapy. After several examinations, the doctor discharged Plaintiff.

CONCLUSION:

THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

The Other Car Rear-Ended Me On The Freeway. What Do I Do?

FREEWAY REAR-END COLLISION CASE ANALYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was driving her Nissan straight on the northbound I-5 freeway. Defendant, while operating a Ford van was also driving northbound on the I-5 freeway behind Plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant rear-ended Plaintiff’s vehicle. He was following Plaintiff too closely and could not stop in time. The California Highway Patrol investigated said accident and determined that the accident was caused by Defendant in violation of Vehicle Code section 21703, “following too closely”.

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LIABILITY

Liability has been admitted by Defendant.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff sustained trauma to her head, neck and low-back as a result of this rear-end collision. Following the accident she sought treatment from his doctor, and his diagnostic impressions were: cervical spine strain and sprain, lumbar spine sprain and strain, severe cephalgia, and stress anxiety. He was prescribed Vicodin and recommended physical therapy. Plaintiff followed up with an Orthopedic Specialist. The doctor diagnosed Plaintiff with cervical strain and disc lesion of the cervical spine, thoracic strain, and lumbar strain. The doctor attributed these injuries solely to the accident and ordered an MRI scan. Based on above diagnoses, Plaintiff received physical therapy.

RESIDUAL COMPLAINTS AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES

Plaintiff still suffers from continued lower back pain and muscle spasms. The doctor recommended laminectomy surgery to repair the lumbar disc protrusion.

CONCLUSION:

THIS CASE WAS SETTLED OUT OF COURT, AND THE CLIENT GOT THE MONEY THEY DESERVED!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

What If Multiple Cars Hit Me?

MULTIPLE CAR COLLISION CASE ANAYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE:

Plaintiff was driving his  Lexus sedan southbound commencing a right turn into his private residence driveway. Defendant was driving his Toyota truck behind plaintiff’s vehicle and rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant rear-ended defendant. The Los Angeles Police Department investigated said accident and determined that the accident was caused by defendant in violation of Vehicle Code section 21703, “following too closely”. Defendant testified in his deposition that the damages and injury to Plaintiff was caused by defendant. Since Defendant rear-ended him, it caused his vehicle to be pushed into plaintiff’s vehicle.

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LIABILITY

Each defendant blames the other for causing this accident. Plaintiff felt only one rear-end impact which caused his vehicle to strike a wall and fence as he was completing his right turn.

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NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

Plaintiff suffered trauma to his head, neck and low-back as a result of this rear-end collision. Following the accident he sought treatment from a doctor, and his diagnostic impressions were: Acute pain due to trauma, cervicocranial syndrome, cervical neuralgia, cervical spine sprain, strain, lumbar plexis disorder, lumbago, lumbosacral sprain/strain. Based on said diagnoses, plaintiff received physical therapy. Currently, plaintiff still has low back pain radiating into the legs. He intends to follow up with an orthopedic doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

CONCLUSION:

This case was settled out of court, and the client got the money they deserved!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

“He Made A Dangerous Left-Turn And Hit My Vehicle”

LEFT-TURN COLLISION ACCIDENT ANAYSIS

FACTS OF THE CASE

Plaintiff was proceeding northbound through a green light in the number two lane. Defendant’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Highland Avenue and proceeded to make a left turn in front of Plaintiff’s vehicle, thereby causing the collision.

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Plaintiff was driving straight through a green light when Defendant turned left into Plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant failed to yield the right of way, in violation of CA Vehicle Code §21451(a). Defendant admitted fault in a written letter. Liability is not disputed and Defendant’s Auto Insurance carrier already paid the property damage in full.

NATURE AND EXTENT OF DAMAGES

 As a direct cause of the above mentioned accident, plaintiff suffered trauma to his head, neck, back, wrists (both), knee as well as insomnia. He sought medical care from his doctor on the day of the accident. Plaintiff was prescribed Celebrex and Flexeril for pain management and was recommended to physical therapy for his ailments. The doctor also recommended plaintiff to follow up with an Orthopedic Specialist due to his severe left knee injury. After examination, the specialist diagnosed Plaintiff with a 1) knee medial meniscus tear associated with  quadriceps atrophy and 2) post traumatic chondromalacia and chondral defect of medial femoral condyle. He concluded that plaintiff shall undergo left knee arthroscopic surgery with partial meniscectomy and chondroplasty.

Plaintiff followed up again with his doctor. His doctor reported that at that time plaintiff still suffered from intermittent shooting acute pain, sharply over the medial aspect of the left knee. Lidoderm patches were prescribed and his doctor recommended another MRI if the pain does not subside.

RESIDUAL COMPLAINTS AND FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENSES

Plaintiff still continues to suffer from intermittent left knee pain and his current symptoms are residuals of both the initial auto accident and the re-tear. The pain prevents plaintiff from lifting and playing with his grandchildren as well as performing simple household chores and errands. The injury has hampered his daily activities including walking, working, and exercise.

CONCLUSION:

This case was settled out of court, and the client got the money they deserved!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
Afriedman.com

Short Note On Personal Injury Lawyers

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About Personal injury lawyers

A personal injury lawyer is a legal representative who helps a client who was injured in an accident or some other action because of the negligence or carelessness of another individual, receive compensations for all the injuries suffered, both physical as well as emotional. The compensations claimed for can include wages lost because of the accident, all medical expenses as well as replacement and repair of all properties damaged.

A personal injury lawyer obtains compensations for the client by negotiating on behalf of the client with the insurance companies and the responsible parties. He should also make sure that the client is not coerced into giving up any rights during the settlement. If the case cannot be settled, then he will present the case before the court during the trial.

Costs

Majority of the personal injury lawyers work based on a ‘contingency fee’ system. If the lawyer succeeds in getting a verdict in favor of the client, then a certain percentage of the settlement awarded is paid as the lawyer fees. The percentage paid varies from state to state. Usually it is around 30-40 percent of the total settlement received. On the other hand, the lawyer receives no fees if he/she loses the trial and cannot win a settlement. However, the client will have to pay for expenses such as court fees, photocopying costs and postages irrespective of whether the lawyer wins or loses the case.

Types

Personal injury law is a very broad field and covers numerous areas such as workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, automobile accidents and the like. Most personal injury lawyers specialize in one or two areas of personal injury.

Sources

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Personal injury lawyers

Finding a good personal injury lawyer will take a little research. Start by asking around; ask your relatives, friends and local attorneys to know whom they recommend. Many of the personal injury lawyers will first offer a free consultation. This way you can meet up with them and discuss your case before you decide whether to avail their services or not. You can also check your states or local bar association to get a list of the lawyers. Televisions and printed ads are also another way to get information about personal injury lawyers in your area.

While looking for a personal injury lawyer, look for one who specializes in handling your type of case and make sure you meet up with him at least once before you hire one.