Our client, Ann, was driving a small SUV. Behind Ann was another car, and behind that car was a cement truck. The cement truck rear-ended the car that was immediately behind Ann, which caused that car to hit Ann’s SUV. Because of the resulting impact, Ann suffered a significant shoulder injury, along with neck and rib injuries, requiring surgery.
Our firm filed suit. The company conceded that the treatment Ann received prior to surgery was related to the crash but not the surgery itself. The company’s defense was based on Ann’s surgeon having found arthritis while operating on her and that Ann’s pain was caused by pushing herself too hard while recovering from surgery.
Not nearly enough money was offered to cover Ann’s damages, and so John Gonzales tried the case last month. The jury saw things our way and found that Ann had sustained a permanent and substantial deformity and awarded her damages of $98,500.