T-Bone Crash on the Eastern Shore Leads to $1.15 Million Settlement for a Mother and Daughter
Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is one of the most dangerous highways in our area. Recently. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers helped a mother and her daughter who suffered serious injuries in a T-bone crash on the Eastern Shore.
An 83-year-old mother and her 66-year-old daughter were attempting to make a left turn from Route 13 in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
However, as they tried to make the maneuver, another car ran a red light at the intersection causing a T-bone collision, reported Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Side impact collisions of this nature are known as T-bone crashes or broadside accidents. Injuries sustained are frequently serious because the sides of automobiles afford less protection.
Both the mother and the daughter were rendered unconscious by the jarring impact of the collision. The mother was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital on the Eastern Shore where she remained for 12 days. The daughter was airlifted from the wreck scene to Newport News’ Riverside Regional Medical Center where she remained for nine days.
The mother required arm surgery. She sustained a fractured right arm and rib and suffered a concussion from the T-bone crash on the Eastern Shore.
The daughter sustained a fractured arm and shoulder blade, as well as a subdural hematoma (brain bleed) as a result of this serious Eastern Shore T-bone crash.
The two woman hired attorneys, John Cooper and Bill O’Mara of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, who filed a personal injury lawsuit in Northampton County Circuit Court on the Eastern Shore. We worked on this case with co-counsel Ed Atkinson.
The defense team argued the mother contributed to the wreck. If you share any responsibility for a wreck in Virginia, you are barred from making a claim. The daughter’s orthopedic injuries did not require surgery or significant ongoing medical care and no future medical expenses were claimed for these.
The defendant could not contest claims the accident caused the subdural hematoma which is a collection of blood between the covering of the brain (dura) and the surface of the brain caused by an injury to the skull. Previous traumatic brain injury (TBI) events before and after the crash complicated the neurosurgical evidence. The insurance defense attorneys fought damages claimed for the daughter’s traumatic brain injury from the T-bone crash on the Eastern Shore.
An agreement was reached at a mediation hearing about five months before a trial date. The mother and daughter were awarded $1.15 million. The mother received $525,000 and the daughter $625,000. This settlement included special damages of $117,000 for the mother’s medical bills and $101,000 for the daughter’s medical costs.
This wreck once again highlights the serious injuries caused by T-bone crashes as well as how a driver and passenger’s life can be turned upside down by the actions of a red light runner.
After a T-bone crash, you may have very serious medical needs. Brain injuries are among the most worrying of all injuries because they can be permanent. Please contact our Eastern Shore of Virginia injury lawyers if you are hurt in a wreck at (757) 455-0077.