Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin is pleased to announce that David C. Prather was recently successful in obtaining a nearly $500,000 jury verdict on behalf of a Florida man who suffered injuries to his back and neck following a rear-end collision.
The collision occurred in May of 2015 when a large Chevy truck was pushed into our client’s vehicle after being struck by another vehicle. There was no visible damage to our client’s vehicle, which was fitted with a trailer hitch that bore the brunt of the impact. His vehicle was repaired for under $700.
Our client experienced neck and back injuries in the collision, and was treated by a chiropractor. He was also referred to an orthopedic specialist who recommended epidural steroid injections. Our client chose to continue non-invasive medical treatment and physical therapy. Surgery was not recommended by treating physicians.
Ultimately, our client was diagnosed with three herniated discs in his neck and an aggravation of several pre-existing bulging discs in his back. At trial he testified that he suffered injuries to his lower back in a car accident 30 years prior to the recent rear-end collision, and that the injuries did not cause him pain for many years. Despite the testimony of the defendant’s expert orthopedic surgeon, who claimed that all of our client’s injuries were pre-existing and a result of his duties as a restaurant owner, Mr. Prather was able to present a clear and convincing argument that resulted in the jury siding with our client.
Following three days of litigation, the jury awarded $498,691 in compensation to our client, including $46,000 for past and future medical expenses, $2,000 for lost income, and $450,000 for past and future pain and suffering. The at-fault driver’s insurance company had offered only $10,000 to settle the case prior to trial.