Many of the motorists who are hurt on the roads of Virginia sustain injuries in rear-end crashes when another driver is speeding. In a recent case, a passenger suffered a serious and possibly permanent foot injury when her car was hit from behind.
A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly noted the 42-year-old woman was a passenger in a car driven by her husband on Route 7 in Fairfax County, Virginia.
A vehicle behind them struck their car at a high rate of speed, injuring the passenger.
The woman was transported by ambulance to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. She was treated for contusions and thoracic spine sprain. She complained of on-going neck and foot pain and sought follow-up treatment with a doctor. The woman underwent sought treatment with several providers for foot pain She was later diagnosed with a left foot chronic Lisfranc injury and arthritis.
In November 2014, she underwent surgery at INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital to rectify arthrodesis of the first, second, and third tarsometatarsal joints.
Even after the surgery, the woman continued to report difficulty walking, pain, and swelling. Another procedure was performed on Oct. 13, 2015. Hardware for the fusion was fitted. The symptoms of pain, swelling, and issues walking continued.
The woman underwent a third surgery on Aug. 31, 2016. Her doctor said it was likely she would have permanent impairment of her left foot, whether or not she had another surgery.
The driver who hit the woman’s car was originally charged with driving under the influence and refusal of a breathalyzer. He pled guilty to the refusal charge.
A lawsuit was filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court and settled at mediation for $500,000. The lawyer for the woman was Dickson Young from Fairfax County.
Although many people involved in car, truck or motorcycle accidents do recover in time, some injuries are so severe that those who are injured never have the same quality of life again.
A serious foot injury can impair walking and cause ongoing pain. If you are hurt in a car accident, you should be aware that you may have ongoing medical needs. You should be careful not to take the first offer an insurance company comes up with. It will often be a lowball offer.
An experienced Virginia injury lawyer can help you evaluate your medical needs and fight for your rights. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, our motto is Your Injury, Our Fight! Please contact us here.