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Irresponsible Act Causes Injuries

An irresponsible act causes injuries to passenger when the woman driving the golf cart removes her hands from the steering wheel intentionally. The plaintiff in this personal injury lawsuit was a woman of 22 years of age. While riding in a golf cart as a passenger, the driver decided to remove her hands from the steering wheel of the golf cart. By doing so, the driver lost control of the golf  cart and caused it to flip.

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Removing her hands from the wheel was a particularly irresponsible act by the driver because she had been warned to be careful when driving it. She had been advised by family members who owned the golf cart that the cart pulled to the left.

When the golf cart flipped, the plaintiff’s (passenger) left ankle became trapped under the golf cart. The plaintiff sustained two serious injuries: a fractured and dislocated pelvis and a fractured left ankle. During the 24-hour period immediately following the incident, the plaintiff was subjected to two emergency surgical procedures and treatment at three different hospitals.

After six days of hospitalization the plaintiff was released from the hospital to return to her home. While recuperating at home, plaintiff required a hospital bed and a wheel chair. For the next 10 months, she engaged in an extensive physical therapy program. During this period, she also received follow-up medical treatment. She was not able to pursue her chosen occupation during the first year after the incident.

The parties attempted a mediation of the case. That effort failed. Three months later, another effort was made, and the case was settled. Plaintiff had documented medical costs of $102,152.86. The case settled for $500,000.

If you or a loved one is injured in any incident due to the negligence, irresponsibility or wrongdoing of another person, you may be entitled to recover a financial settlement for damages incurred by the incident.  Regardless of the nature of the incident or its cause, if you are injured due to the actions of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your hurts and harms.

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