Connecticut Woman Awarded $27,000 for Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
A Connecticut motorist secured $27,000 from an auto accident where she was rear-ended at a red light.
The AccidentOn September 8, 2012 on Capitol Avenue in Bridgeport, the plaintiff had stopped at a red light behind a line of cars. After several seconds, her vehicle was struck in the rear by the vehicle driven by the defendant. Although the defendant stated that she attempted to avoid the collision by turning her vehicle, she unfortunately did not have time to do so.
The InjuriesThe plaintiff experienced some shoulder and neck pain following the accident, yet did not go to the hospital until a few days following the accident, as her condition had worsened. The plaintiff then had to undergo a variety of chiropractic treatments for a period of 4 months and was assigned an 8% permanent disability to her cervical spine by her chiropractic physician. Although the plaintiff had sustained other back injuries from previous automobile accidents, an MRI which demonstrated a disc protrusion at the C-4-C-5 level was attributed to the accident on September 8, 2012, according to her doctor.
The OutcomeThe court found that the defendant failed to keep a proper lookout and was therefore negligent in the operation of her motor vehicle thereby causing injury to the plaintiff. While the defendant filed a special defense asserting comparative negligence on the part of the plaintiff, there was no evidence to support that claim. The Court found there to be no claim for lost wages or earning capacity and that the plaintiff sustained economic damages in the amount of $4,934.44 (which includes any adjustments for collateral sources) and non economic damages in the amount of $22,000. Judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiff against the defendant in the amount of $26,934.44.