We recently obtained some measure of justice for a very deserving client when a jury awarded the 20-plus year law enforcement veteran over $1.539 million in damages from an automobile crash.
Our client was stopped in traffic when he was rear-ended by an underinsured driver. John Smith (name changed because of the sensitive nature of his job) was a 47-year-old man in exceptional physical condition before the crash.
We obtained gym records going back to 2008 showing that John would work out four to six times per week. In addition, for the four years before the crash on 2013, he and his colleagues participated in a charity fitness competition, which included before and after photographs. The jury was thus able to actually see photographs of John's exceptional physical condition mere months before the crash.
The accident changed all that. Over $4,300 worth of property damage was done to John's car, even to the point of buckling the floor of his trunk. John almost immediately started feeling neck pain and numbness down his left arm. Over the next 15 months, he tried chiropractic treatment, physical therapy and drugs under the care of an orthopedic surgeon. He finally had to have a disc removed, two bones in his neck "fused" and a titanium plate with three screws imbedded.
John hasn't given up, although he is greatly restricted in what he can now do. He lifts "light" weights as part of his approved home exercise program. He has had to give up basketball, baseball and a lot of the other sports that he enjoyed before the crash.
Many more details were presented at the trial against John's uninsured motorist insurance company, and the jury fully appreciated the changes in John's life as a result of the negligence of the underinsured motorist. They awarded over $1,539,000.00 for his past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.