A woman was hurt while sitting on a loading dock when a truck was backing into the dock using rear-view mirrors. Her injuries resulted in a personal injury settlement of $225,000.
An experienced seasonal migrant worker was awaiting a ride home after working the night shift. She was sitting on a loading dock when a trucker was backing a truck up to that loading dock. The driver of the truck did not see plaintiff and the truck hit plaintiff’s foot. Several bones in the foot were broken and surgery was required to restore functionality to the foot.
The truck driver said that he could not see plaintiff when he looked in his rear-view mirror. He explained this in terms of where plaintiff was sitting and the configuration of the truck.
The truck driver contended that sitting on the loading dock and not moving out of the way when the truck began backing up constituted contributory negligence on the part of the plaintiff.
When reviewing plaintiff’s medical claims, there was a dispute about the need for additional surgery to the foot. Dispute also arose over the question of whether plaintiff had a valid claim for lost earning capacity.
Following the accident, the truck driver altered his truck to improve visibility behind the truck.
The case was settled in mediation, three weeks before the scheduled trial date. The plaintiff was awarded a settlement of $225,000, including $33,468 in medical expenses.
Personal injury cases arise from a range of circumstances. If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, you may have reason to file suit against the person who caused the injury. Because many injury cases are complicated, we urge you to speak with an attorney. With our free initial consultation our experienced attorneys can help you to understand and evaluate the details of your injury and the merits of a lawsuit. Call or contact Altizer Law, P.C., for the legal advice and representation you need to obtain justice and fair financial compensation for your hurts and harms.