Plaintiff was operating his motor vehicle, traveling on a rural two-lane road, when defendant crossed left of center and collided head on with plaintiff’s vehicle. Defendant was charged with DWI and left of center.
Plaintiff sustained multiple blunt-force injuries to his lower extremities, including a comminuted, displaced femoral fracture, right patella fracture, left femoral fracture, left tibial fracture and a right comminuted calcaneus fracture.
The case was settled without litigation.
Type of action: Motor vehicle negligence – aggravated liability
Injuries alleged: Bilateral femoral fractures, patella fracture, tibial fracture, calcaneus fracture
Case name: Confidential
Case number: Not filed
Court: Not filed
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Date: July 12, 2010
Amount: $1 million
Special damages: $239,160
Were liability and/or damages contested? Yes
Was the opposing party represented by legal counsel? No
Has the plaintiff been successful in actually collecting the judgment? Yes
Plaintiff’s attorneys: Douglas E. Nauman and Julie L. Bell, both of Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law (Winston-Salem)
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