REAR-END MOTORCYCLE COLLISION WITH ARM & LEG INJURIES RESULTS IN OVER $57,000 SETTLEMENT
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When S.R., a 61-year-old male, was struck from behind while riding his motorcycle, he sustained multiple injuries to his leg, back, and arm. In addition to his injuries, S.R.’s motorcycle was badly damaged. As the victim of another’s negligence, he chose representation by Thompson Law Firm. He ultimately received a $35,000 settlement as compensation for his personal injury claim, including injuries and damages, as a result of the motorcycle accident.
The accident occurred on July 28, 2014, around 8:00 a.m. in Mesa, Arizona. S.R. was driving a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle on SR-202 as part of a funeral procession. The road guards had gone on ahead to help slow traffic for the funeral procession. S.R. had been told to stop near the gore point and as he slowed to a stop, the motorcycle behind him collided with his motorcycle and continue on to hit a third motorcycle in the procession. The at-fault driver saw the two motorcycles in front of him stop but was unable to stop himself in time.
The driver who was at-fault attempted to squeeze by S.R., but wasn’t able to, hit S.R. and then went into a spin and hit the second motorcycle, taking the motorcycle out with him. The at-fault driver admitted that he didn’t stop in time to avoid colliding with the other motorcycles causing the motorcycle accident. The highway patrol arrived on scene to investigate and interviewed all three men involved in the accident. S.R.’s motorcycle was towed from the scene of the accident. Subsequent to being hit, S.R. was transported for medical treatment. He had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. No citation was issued.
Initial Injuries from the Motorcycle Accident
Immediately following the collision, S.R. was transported to Mountain Vista Medical Center with full spinal immobilization. At the emergency room, he was diagnosed with shoulder contusion, elbow contusion, hand contusion, lower leg contusion, foot contusion and soft tissue contusion. He was administered Morphine and Zofran injections.
Treatment and Medical Expenses
Several weeks after the accident, S.R. presented to Mezona Orthopedic where he was diagnosed with achilles tendinitis and a calcaneal spur. He was provided heel pads. On a follow-up Visit with Mezona Orthopedic, S.R. was diagnosed with Hallux rigidus. S.R. was administered Cortisone injection and given prescriptions for pain medications. The doctors recommended S.R. start wearing hard-soled shoes, and advised ice application to the injection site.
S.R. went to AACI Foot, Leg & Ankle Care to receive a second opinion regarding his left foot and ankle. He was diagnosed with multiple foot symptoms secondary to injury, including degenerative joint disease, chondral wear joint space narrowing cystic formation, fractured fibular sesamoid bone and compensating gait pattern. S.R. was treated with conservative treatment including a series of two corticosteroid injections. He was also prescribed functional orthoses. Further, S.R. was recommended to undergo surgical intervention.
Additionally, S.R. began treatment with Gilbert Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic and was diagnosed with cervicalgia, lumbalgia, myalgia and spasm of muscles. He was treated with a course of chiropractic therapy.
In addition to his physical symptoms, S.R. was experiencing some psychological effects of the accident. S.R. presented to Arizona Trauma Counseling where he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorder, and deferred pain. He was treated with cognitive behavioral therapy.
In total, S.R. treated for over a month, a total of 4 visits, with Mezona Orthopedic. S.R. treated for over a month, a total of 4 visits, with AACI Foot, Leg & Ankle Care. He also treated for just under three months, a total of 16 visits, with Gilbert Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic. S.R. treated for about a month, a total of 4 visits, with Arizona Trauma Counseling.
S.R.’s total medical bills were approximately $29,971.72.
Additional Losses from the Rear-End Collision
The repairs to S.R.’s motorcycle totaled around $7,000.00.
S.R. did not claim lost wages as a result of this accident. However, S.R. did make a loss of consortium claim due to his inability to continue his daily activities, participate in family outings, and help his wife around the house.
S.R. did have health insurance at the time of this accident and did use his health insurance during treatment. The value of S.R.’s claim was not affected by the use of health insurance during treatment.
S.R. had car insurance at the time of the accident through Western Agricultural Insurance Company. Because of the severity of S.R.’s injuries, S.R. received $16,000.00 from his own Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Policy, around 14 months after the date of the accident.
Foremost Insurance Group was the insurer of the at-fault driver. Foremost Insurance Group accepted liability in this accident and paid S.R. $41,218.72 to settle this claim, around 10 months after the date of the accident.
In conclusion, S.R.’s total settlement was $57,218.72. This settlement includes the $41,218.72 paid by the at-fault driver’s car insurance and the $16,000.00 paid by S.R.’s own car insurance from the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Policy.
S.R. was pleased with the results of this case. He had significant injuries following this accident, and was able to physically and mentally recover so he could resume his daily activities without pain or fear. S.R. treated intermittently for around 10 months. Ultimately S.R. received over $35,000.00 for his bodily injuries in this settlement, the balance paying his medical bills and attorneys’ fees and costs.