A lawsuit that arose out of a motor vehicle collision was settled recently in Floyd County, Georgia. On April 10, 2007, Amanda McAdams and her nine-year-old son, Seth, had just left his school’s field trip. Instead of going home with his mother, Seth took the bus back to school so he could spend more time with his friends. Mrs. McAdams was driving to Seth’s school to pick him up and take him home, but she never made it.
Vincent Sewell, working for Vend Service, Inc, was driving west on Highway 20. As Mr. Sewell came around a bend in the highway, a red car was in his lane heading towards him. Mr. Sewell swerved to the right and off of the road to avoid crashing into this red car. However, once Mr. Sewell’s vehicle left the road, his tractor trailer hit a ditch and numerous trees. That forced his tractor trailer back onto the road, and across the double yellow line. It was then that he crashed into Mrs. McAdams’ vehicle which was traveling in the opposite direction. Mrs. McAdams was seriously injured in the violent crash.
Mrs. McAdams was taken by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where she underwent surgery on her pelvis. Although she had numerous injuries, her hip was by far the most significant injury sustained. Approximately six months later, her hip became dislocated and she underwent another pelvic surgery. Her surgeon noted that she was suffering from avascular necrosis and post-traumatic arthritis of her hip. Ultimately, Mrs. McAdams required a total hip replacement due to bone loss and destruction of her hip. She would require multiple additional hip surgeries over her lifetime due to her age and deterioration of her hip. She was permanently disabled.
The Defendant hired Dr. David Hungerford from Johns Hopkins whose opinion was that Mrs. McAdams would not require any additional hip surgery. But this expert said that, if she did, it would only be one surgery during her lifetime which would be fairly minor. Additionally, Dr. Hungerford believed that Mrs. McAdams would be able to resume her normal activities once she recovered.
Mr. Sewell’s lawyers blamed the driver of the John Doe (red) vehicle and at trial were planning on having the jury apportion fault between Mr. Sewell and the John Doe driver who forced him off of the road. Before trial, the case was settled for $5,400,000 during mediation. Michael Werner, a lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia, represented Mrs. McAdams and did an outstanding job. Interestingly, he graduated from Emory School of Medicine and was a practicing doctor before deciding to go to law school.
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