Case Conclusion Date:January 18, 2009
Practice Area:Brain Injury
Description:FACTS: On Nov. 27, 2007, at 3 p.m., plaintiff DM, a 47-ycar-old financial planner, was in a crosswalk crossing at tlre intersection of tlre 1-5 freeway ramp and Newport Beach in Tustin. He was struck by a full-size pickup truck that was being driven by Rexal Ford, after Ford made a right tum from a red light onto the ramp. The plaintiff sued Ford and his employer, Econolite Traffic Engineering and Maintenance Inc. alleging motor vehicle negligence. The defendants did not contest liability but claimed tlrat tlre sun was in Ford’s eyes at the time of the accident. INJURIES: The plaintiff claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury; fractured right humerus, left clavicle, left wrist, and bilateral shoulder fractures. The plaintiff had a pre-existing blood disorder and pre-existing strokes. The defendant alleged that plaintiff’s traumatic brain injury was pre-existing and not caused by the accident. The matter settled for Six Million Dollars prior to trial.