$3 Million Pre-Suit (Tortfeasor Recoveries; Bodily Injury; Loss of Consortium; Familial Consortium)
A helmeted motorcyclist became pinned with his right leg under an 18-wheeler truck (owned by a major office supply distributor) after the truck made an improper left turn directly in front of the path he was traveling. When EMS extricated him, they noted that the right leg appeared to be 95% amputated below the knee.
He sustained significant injuries including: post traumatic amputation of the right leg secondary to motor vehicle accident; fracture L3; fracture right clavicle, first and second ribs; intracranial punctate bleeds times two; and degloving laceration left thigh and left calf.
His injuries required immediate surgery and amputation of the right lower leg. Total losses resulted in over $400,000.00 in medical bills and lost wages. Our office brought claims on behalf of the motorcyclist, his wife for loss of consortium and his three minor children for familial consortium claims based on a recent change in the law allowing loss of consortium claims to be brought by minor children.
We settled very quickly with the at-fault party, without having to file a formal lawsuit, for its policy limits of $1,000,000.00 plus umbrella and excess insurance totaling in excess of $3,000,000.00.