Case Conclusion Date:September 10, 2004
Practice Area:Personal Injury
Outcome:$890,000 settlement before trial
Description:Defendant LR was on vacation from England. Driving a rented car, he pulled out of a parking lot onto the winding 2-lane state highway, attempting to drive north, but in the southbound lane. (He was used to driving in the left lane in Great Britain, and became confused). LR crashed head-on into a southbound vehicle. TB was a passenger in the vehicle driven by his wife. They were taking a weekend vacation in Vermont. RB sustained a serious lower arm / wrist fracture, requiring internal fixation surgery. The fracture healed, but TB developed severe CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome, also known as RSD) in his right arm. TB required ongoing nerve blocks, pain medication, and pain management counseling, and was unable to return to his work as a computer engineer. Suit was filed in U.S. District Court. The case settled before trial at mediation for a lump-sum settlement of $890,000.