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Bladen County wreck resulted in disc protrusion, depression

Plaintiff’s vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle travelling at 45 mph.  Plaintiff lost consciousness in the collision.

In March 2007, he underwent cervical decompression, a complete diskectomy, bilateral foraminotomies and decompression of the nerve roots.  He developed depression due to his inability to sustain gainful employment and was determined to be disabled by the Social Security Administration in August 2010.

Settlement Report

Type of action: Motor vehicle negligence

Injuries alleged: Disc protrusion at C5-6, post-traumatic headaches, complex regional pain syndrome and depression

Case name: Confidential

Case number: Confidential

Court: Bladen County

Verdict or settlement: Pre-trial settlement

Date: Jan. 26, 2011

Amount: $1.1 million

Special damages: $233,541(medical bills), $197,770 (lost wages)

Insurer: GEICO carried the liability coverage, Nationwide provided UIM

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 attorney: H. Mitchell Baker III and M. Troy Slaughter (both of Wilmington)

Editor’s note: The information in Lawyers Weekly’s verdicts and settlements reports was submitted by the counsel for the prevailing party and represents the attorney’s characterization of the case.

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