A 63-year-old grandmother has finally been awarded compensation for the injuries she sustained at the hands of a negligent driver who caused an auto accident in 2012.
Crash Takes Grandmother’s Leg
At around 5:15 a.m. on April 14th, 2012, the plaintiff was minding her own business and waiting at a local bus stop so that she could take the bus to church. As usual, some early morning traffic was passing by when suddenly, a Crown Victoria being driven by a 20-year-old man, jumped the curb.
The plaintiff had no time to react or move before the car smashed into the bus stop, crushing her. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he had just caused a horrible crash, the driver of the vehicle took off and failed to render the plaintiff aid. Thankfully, the police were able to identify him because the bumper and licenses plate of the car fell off at the scene of the accident.
Although the plaintiff survived the accident, her injuries were severe. Extensive damage was done to both of her legs, forcing doctors to amputate her left leg below the knee. Her right leg sustained multiple fractures and she has had to undergo three separate surgeries on that leg. She alternates between a wheelchair and using a prosthetic leg with a rolling walker and has had to completely change her lifestyle.
In order to help cover her ongoing medical care and the pain and suffering she has had to endure, she filed a lawsuit against the owner of the car who was also the driver’s employer at the time of the accident. She alleged that their negligence in hiring the driver resulted in her accident and at the end of the trial, the jury agreed with her. She was awarded $10.5 million – $2.5 to cover the losses she has sustained since the accident and $8 million to help cover her medical care for the next 20+ years.
What Are Car Accident Lawsuit Awards Supposed To Cover?
Whenever someone pursues a civil lawsuit, the purpose is to obtain compensation for their losses. Typically the damages awarded are meant to cover:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If My Loved One Died Can I File A Lawsuit?
Yes, it may be possible to file a car accident lawsuit if your loved one was killed by a negligent driver. These civil lawsuits are called wrongful death lawsuits and are meant to help ensure that the family of the deceased doesn’t suffer further financial losses.
The average American family isn’t prepared to remain financially stable if a contributing family member is killed in an accident and they lose the income, benefits, and emotional support that family member offered. The compensation awarded should help to cover:
- funeral and burial expenses
- loss of income
- loss of benefits
- loss of inheritance
Typically, the family members who are eligible to file a lawsuit include the parents, children, or spouses of the deceased.
Are There Time Limits On Filing?
Yes. In every type of civil lawsuit, there is a statute of limitations which means that the plaintiff only has a certain period of time during which they can file. Once that time passes, they will be unable to seek compensation. To learn more about the statute of limitations for your case, contact our law firm now.
What Should I Bring To My First Consultation With Your Firm?
It would be helpful for our team if you could bring any records that pertain to the accident. This may include things like photographs, medical records, police reports, and the contact information of any witnesses. Don’t worry if you can’t obtain everything – this is just to help us begin and we may be able to access records that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, such as the surveillance video from a traffic camera or store.