Posted On: February 16, 2012 by Moseley Collins

Car Accident in Sacramento Leaves Man With Serious Injuries

The following blog entry is written to illustrate how a car accident lawsuit might follow. Reviewing this kind of case should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this car accident lawsuit and its proceedings.)

INJURIES: Cameron claimed he sustained herniated discs at L4-5 and L5-S1. He also complained of dizziness. He underwent three months of chiropractic treatment in addition to three lower back epidural injections. He did not work for approximately a year after the accident as he could not stand for more than 10 minutes at a time. He also underwent a microdiscectomy in May 2009. He may need additional epidural injections or a back fusion in the future.

Facts:
On Dec. 20, 2005, plaintiff Oliver Cameron, 37, a quality control inspector for medical supplies, was stopped at the intersection of Sacramento Avenue and Fair Oaks Street in Sacramento when his car was rear-ended by a delivery truck driven by Phil Lawry. Lawry was driving approximately 35 mph at the time of the accident.

Cameron sued Lawry and his employer, ABC Glass Systems Inc. He alleged that Lawry was negligent in the operation of his vehicle and that ABC was vicariously liable for Lawry' actions.

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The defendants conceded liability, so only damages were before the court.
Cameron claimed that he was unable to continue with any of his recreational activities after the accident. Before the accident, he played soccer, swam and went to the gym regularly. He also claimed that he had continued stiffness and pain in his lower back, tingling and numbness in his back and lower extremities and pain radiating from his back to his toes.

Defense counsel argued that at least 50 percent of Calderon's injuries could be attributed to a sideswipe car accident that Cameron was in on Nov. 10, 2005. Defense counsel conceded that the December accident made Calderon's injuries worse but argued that all of his injuries were not related to this second accident.

Plaintiff's counsel countered that the seriousness of the December accident caused all of Cameron’s injuries. After the November accident, Cameron underwent just chiropractic treatment and did not miss any work. Plaintiff's counsel argued that Cameron had almost completely recovered from the first accident just a few days before the second one occurred. After the second accident, Cameron required substantially more treatment, plaintiff's counsel argued.

SUMMARY: Award Total: $400,000

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