April 16, 2024

Edited by Shawn Steel and Irene Love

BREAKING NEWS

Admitted Liability

Nets 100K After Plaintiff Asked for $8,400,000

Chris, an IT Tech, was struck by a 90-year-old defendant in the middle of an intersection in Foster City, after his light turned green. Chris claimed he was 40% through the intersection when he was struck. He was taken to the ER by ambulance. 


The jury heard that Chris suffered neck, back and radiating leg pain for several months before the accident. His radiating leg pain was going on for two to three years before the accident and treated with Kaiser and a local chiropractor before the accident. Chris denied having any pain before this accident.


Because of this accident Chris argued that he suffered right sided low back pain radiating to his right leg. Also, he was experiencing right foot numbness. Pain was present 100% of the time. He reported that he can walk without pain for 20-30 minutes.


Chris’s orthopedist told the jury the accident caused lifetime injuries to his neck, low back and leg pain. This would require future surgeries such as disc replacement and possible fusion. 


Chris’s expert estimated medical costs at $916,390.


The jury didn’t bite. 


Jury Verdict was $100,000 for past pain and suffering and medical costs. Zero future costs.


San Mateo Superior Court

20 CIV 03255 Hon Susan Greenberg presiding.

Jury Trial 7 days -- Jury Deliberation 5.5 hours. 

August 4, 2020


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