Practice Area:Car / Auto Accident
Description:Vaden Warren represented a client who was injured as a passenger in an automobile accident in Lancaster County. The driver failed to stop at a stop sign, and the vehicle was hit by another car on the passenger side, directly where the client was seated. After the collision, the client was admitted to Rappahannock General Hospital and treated for broken ribs, multiple fractures to the pelvis, and a collapsed lung. The client remained in the hospital for 11 days after which he was transferred to Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital for occupational and physical therapy. As a result of the fractured pelvis, the client experienced continuous, sharp pain in the pelvis and upper leg area due to the narrowing of the openings through which nerve roots travel to the left leg. As there were no surgical solutions and traditional nerve block injections had little effect, the client had trouble sitting or standing for longer than 20-30 minutes at a time. Requiring the assistance of walker or cane at home and a wheelchair for community mobility, the client was unable to return to work as an assistant carpenter with a contractor in the Northern Neck. After a failed mediation, the case went to trial, and a jury awarded the client $900,000 for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and future lost wages.