Connecticut Settlement in Motorist Lane Change Accident
A Connecticut motorist secured a $70,000 settlement from an auto accident where she was broad-sided by an elderly driver changing lanes.
The AccidentThe automobile collision occurred on an Interstate I-84 off ramp in Waterbury, Connecticut. The defendant, an elderly gentlemen from Watertown, CT., attempted to cross over multiple traffic lanes striking the plaintiff who was in her proper lane coming off of the I 84 exit.
The InjuriesAs a result of the accident, the plaintiff, who was a Southbury woman, aggravated an active preexisting Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or "RSD" in her lower extremity. The plaintiff driver also suffered soft tissue injuries to her cervical spine.
The treating physician was a pain management specialist who opined that the patient's treatment plan predating the accident would not have changed but that the motor vehicle accident aggravated the underlying condition.
The OutcomeThe defense hired a neurosurgeon to perform a Defense Medical Exam who opined that the plaintiff's complaints were subjective rather than objective. The defense expert, however, did not offer a medical opinion on the permanent injury assigned to the plaintiff, by her doctor, to her right lower extremity and cervical spine. The parties settled on $70,000 to cover the cost of her injuries and treatments.