Why Did This Woman Settle for $5.35 Million?
A 35-year-old woman who suffered a host of injuries after being struck by a tractor-trailer has settled for $5.35 million. In this issue, we’ll talk about the case and provide tips for how you can collect and preserve evidence if you’re injured by someone else.
The Case at a Glance
While the victim normally parked her car in the front of a pharmaceutical business before walking to work, she was instructed to park in the rear of the building on the day of the incident. The front of the building was closed because the pharmaceutical business parking lot was being expanded. The driver of the tractor-trailer, who was lost, stopped behind the building to ask for directions. As he drove away, he struck the victim. Among the injuries suffered by the victim were a fractured pelvis, rib fractures, two fractured vertebrae in her spine, a fractured hip and fractures in both ankles. The injuries contributed to the victim experiencing a foot-drop and constant pain.
Victim Settles With Truck Owner and Business Owner
Before the personal injury trial began, the victim settled with owners of the pharmaceutical owner for $1.9 million. Three days into the trial, she settled with the owners of the truck for $3.45 million.
Steps You Can Take to Increase Likelihood of Positive Outcome With Personal Injury
If you’re injured by someone else, there are a number of proactive measures you can take to gather and preserve evidence.
- Look for witnesses. If you’re able to move around, ask passersby if they witnessed what happened. If you’re with a friend, have them join you in looking for witnesses. Also, be sure to write down their contact information and any statements they’re willing to provide.
- Write down the details before they fade from memory. Every detail is important. Specifically, be sure to include the time the incident happened, the weather conditions and who was there when you were injured.
Also, capture the reaction of the person who caused the incident. Did they admit fault or offer to pay for your medical expenses? While some of the information may not be admitted to court, the details can come in quite handy when during a negotiation.
- Take photos of the scene of the injury and the injuries themselves. It can sometimes take a year or two for a personal injury case to make its way to court. Preserving evidence through photographs can be vital to your case.
- See your doctor as soon as you can. Even if you feel fine now, you need to be seen by medical professionals. Seeing a doctor is also crucial because the visit establishes a chain of medical documentation.
If You’re Injured by Someone Else, Call The Oswalt Law Group of Arizona
If you feel that you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, it’s crucial that you speak with lawyer skilled in personal injury law so that you’re properly compensated for lost wages, medical bills, etc. The first consultation is always free, so call The Oswalt Law Group at (602) 225-2222.