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$18.5M Settlement to Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Dump Truck

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A 46-year-old Rochester, Wash., motorcyclist who was critically injured in April 2015 when his motorcycle collided with a construction dump truck in the early morning darkness in a highway construction zone has received an $18.5 million settlement to cover his future medical care.

The motorcyclist, Scott Bliss, was riding his motorcycle at 5:20 a.m. on April 17, 2015, on an on-ramp to Interstate 5 in Centralia, Wash., when his vehicle struck a dump truck that was being used in a construction project on the highway, according to an Aug. 24 story in The (Centralia) Chronicle.

Bliss was severely hurt in the crash, suffering a wide range of injuries including brain damage, the story reported. He was treated in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities for a year following the crash.

The dump truck was being operated by Wesley Snelson, a driver for the Scarsella Bros. construction company, which had been hired by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WDOT) as part of the construction project, the story reported. The dump truck, which was operating in a work zone, “made an illegal U-turn, blocking the ramp,” according to the plaintiff’s lawsuit. The truck failed to use a gravel access road to turn around and was allowed to make a U-turn in the on ramp in the dark without a flagger to alert oncoming traffic, the lawsuit continued, according to the story.

Bliss’ legal guardian and partner, Cheryl Aton, sued the WSDOT, the construction company and its driver in June 2015, seeking damages for Bliss’ injuries. Bliss was in a motorized wheelchair at a hearing on the settlement, the story reported. The settlement will be paid through an annuity and a trust to cover Bliss’s daily medical care and other needs following the crash, the story continued.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$4.5M Settlement to Estate of Philadelphia Man Run Over by Truck

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The family of a 90-year-old Philadelphia man who died two weeks after he was struck and run over by a tractor-trailer in the city’s Northeast in 2014 has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the driver of the vehicle and the company that owned it.

The victim, Martin Lisker, was struck by the truck as it was pulling out of a parking lot on Oxford Avenue on Aug. 15, 2014, knocking him over, crushing his left leg and pulling him down the street, according to an Aug. 19 story by The Legal Intelligencer. The case was heard in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Lisker suffered multiple traumatic injuries when he was struck, including multiple bone fractures, and his leg was amputated above his knee after being crushed by the truck, the story reported. One of his fingers also had to be amputated by surgeons due to his injuries. After two weeks of treatment in a hospital, he developed sepsis and died on Aug. 29, 2014, the story reported. His death was due to causes brought on by the accident, according to a plaintiff’s memo in the case.

Lisker remained conscious just after he was struck and was aware of the seriousness of his injuries, the plaintiff’s memo said. His son, Mark Lisker, 57, was with his father when the incident occurred and has since “suffered from flashbacks, nightmares, depression and feelings of guilt and anxiety.”

The truck, which was owned by HBI Inc., was being driven by employee John E. Herrmann when the incident occurred, the story reported. The plaintiffs argued that Herrmann “drove forward without knowing whether anyone was in front of his vehicle, and didn’t sound a horn to warn pedestrians he was going to move,” the story continued. “They said he failed to exercise reasonable care in the situation, and he admitted that he should have asked for a flagman to wave him out of the parking lot.”

Lisker’s wife, Helen Lisker, “suffered the loss of companionship and emotional support and had to give up her independent lifestyle,” according to the plaintiff’s memo. The family’s lawyer said that Lisker was “the person we all want to be if we get to 90,” adding that the victim would have been very happy to “know that his wife was taken care of even after his death.”

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$750,000 Settlement to Man After His Car Was Rear-Ended at Red Light

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A Montgomery County man whose car was rear-ended while sitting at a red light in 2010 will receive a $750,000 settlement to compensate him for his injuries and medical expenses following the crash.

The plaintiff, Stanley Briddes, was injured when his head struck the steering wheel and was pushed toward the dashboard of his vehicle after being hit from behind by another motorist, according to an Aug. 4 story by The Legal Intelligencer.

Following the crash, Briddes was taken to Phoenixville Hospital where he complained of pain in his head, neck and knees, the story reported. Briddes was treated for herniation, disc bulge and nerve injuries which required two surgeries and ongoing medical treatment in the last six years, the story said.

The vehicle that struck his car from behind was being operated by a driver who was underinsured, the story reported. The case was mediated through ADR in Montgomery County, where a settlement was reached with Travelers Insurance Co. for $750,000 following two weeks of post-mediation discussions, the story reported. Briddes held $1 million of underinsurance coverage with the insurance company, according to the report.

Attorneys for Briddes, who owns a computer installation company, alleged in a plaintiff’s memo that he would suffer from a reduced earning capacity due to the injuries he sustained in the crash, the story reported. With his average annual income estimated at $203,000 by a forensic accountant, his loss of earnings from age 52 to 65 would be about $1.2 million, the story reported. He also faced a medical lien of $47,316.76 and out-of-pocket expenses of approximately $15,000, the story said.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$2.8M Verdict to Pa. Woman in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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A Susquehanna County woman who underwent hip replacement surgery in April 2014 and was subsequently unable to return to work following the procedure has been awarded a $2.8 million verdict in her medical malpractice claim by a Lancaster County jury.

The woman, Theresa L. White-Lightner, of Clifftown Township, had her left hip replaced by Dr. Seth D. Baublitz of Orthopaedic Specialists of Central Pennsylvania in Lancaster, but developed problems after the surgery, according to an Aug. 4 story by the LNP newspaper. “According to the civil complaint, Baublitz improperly placed two bone screws that caused ‘harmful contact between one or both of those screws and Ms. White-Lightner’s left sciatic nerve,” the story reported.

The lawsuit, which was filed in August 2015, “states Baublitz removed both screws a month after the initial surgery, but the nerve damage ‘may be permanent,’” according to the complaint. “White-Lightner now walks with a cane, is no longer able to work and was forced to relocate to her father’s home so he can assist her,” the story continued.

Before her surgery and complications, White-Lightner had worked as a “behavioral support consultant, recreation therapist or education specialist,” the report states.

After the surgery, Baublitz had “offered to help White-Lightner ‘through this as much as possible’ and provided her with the name of an attorney to help pursue a disability claim,” the story reports.

The jury in the case awarded the plaintiff about $1 million for loss of past and future earnings and $800,000 for past and future noneconomic loss, as well as about $1 million for future medical and other related expenses, the paper reported.

These kinds of cases are a somber reminder that patients and their families must be vigilant about the medical care they receive so they know what is being done for a patient’s care every step of the way. But at the same time, patients and families aren’t doctors and they can’t know every question to ask.

That’s where skilled, expert, compassionate and thorough legal representation is needed by patients and their families who have been harmed by medical malpractice and errors or omissions during their treatment. These kinds of cases happen on a regular basis, but they can be fought by legal teams that are prepared to battle for their clients’ rights all along the way to a fair settlement or to a just verdict.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a similar medical malpractice, birth injury or related case anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$1.56M Award to Woman Hurt in Crash with U-Haul Truck

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A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has awarded $1.56 million in damages to an elderly woman who was seriously injured when the car she was riding in September 2012 in Warrington, Pa., was struck from behind by a U-Haul truck being driven by a truck rental customer.

The victim, Lillian Parola, was hurt when the rental moving truck, which was being driven on Easton Road near Titus Avenue, crashed into the vehicle as she sat in the rear passenger seat on Sept. 30, 2012, according to a July 21 story in The Legal Intelligencer.

The U-Haul truck was being driven by Steven Inlander, who was driving the truck after it had been rented by his mother, Jill Inlander, according to a defense pretrial memo, the story reported.

Parola suffered “life-altering injuries,” according to a plaintiff’s memo and had to be cut from the damaged vehicle after the crash by first-responders using special equipment, the story reported. She spent more than a month being treated at Abington Memorial Hospital.

The victim suffered jaw, rib, right femoral neck and pelvis fractures from the crash, as well as a C7 spinal fracture, left hip dislocation and lung contusion with right hemothorax, according to a plaintiff’s memo. “She has required a permanent caretaker since the crash, walks with a walker, and has memory issues, in addition to constant pain, the memo said.”

Since the rear-ender crash, the victim has undergone more than $810,000 in medical expenses and continuing home care costs of $147 per day, the story reported.

The judge in the case ordered compensation be paid of $1 million for non-economic damages, $348,000 for past medical expenses and $214,620 for future medical expenses, according to the story.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$16M Settlement to Motorcyclist Paralyzed in Crash with Fla. Cop Car

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A 21-year-old motorcyclist and his family will receive a $16 million settlement after he was paralyzed when his motorcycle crashed into a police car that had pulled in front of him in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January.

The motorcyclist, Eli Ulibarri, was riding his motorcycle on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive about 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 12 when an unmarked police car from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office pulled out in front of him just south of 62nd Ave. North, according to a July 20 story in The Tampa Bay Times.

Ulibarri tried to avoid the crash by locking up his brakes, but was unable to avoid striking the sheriff’s car, the story said. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured spinal cord, collapsed lungs and lacerations to his liver and kidney, according to the report. Ulibarri, who is now confined to a wheelchair, was heading home for dinner from his job in a grocery store when the crash occurred.

The detective who was involved in the crash, Cpl. Joe Miner, 46, was ticketed for failure to yield in connection with the crash and his driver’s license was suspended for a year, the paper reported. He pleaded no contest to the charge and was ordered to pay $618 in fines and court costs.

Following the crash, the sheriff’s office presented a check for $200,000, which is the maximum liability claim under Florida law, to the victim, the story reported. Later the family’s lawyer contacted the sheriff’s office to discuss additional damages, which ultimately resulted in the $16 million settlement, according to the story.

“I took the position from day one that we had 100 percent liability and that we needed to accept responsibility for this,” Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the paper. “This is the only way we have to make it as right as it could possibly be.”

About $15 million of the settlement will be paid through the sheriff’s department’s insurance policy, while the $1 million self-insured deductible will be paid by county government, the story reported. The award will be made through a structured settlement.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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