On Nov. 14, 2011, the 45-year-old plaintiff was seriously injured after the driver of a commercial vehicle ran a red light in Bristow and slammed into her car, causing the vehicle to overturn several times. Plaintiff was rescued from her Volkswagen Jetta by emergency personnel using the Jaws of Life extrication tool, and then transported by helicopter to a hospital. Upon arrival at the emergency room, plaintiff was comatose, with life-threatening injuries.
Plaintiff sustained broken bones, internal damage and a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. Her medical bills were approximately $230,000, with an additional $37,000 in dental bills.
Prior to the accident, plaintiff had no disabilities and was employed full time. Although she made a remarkable partial recovery, her disability is permanent, and likely to get worse with age. She is now dependent upon 24/7 care, and is no longer able to hold a job or participate in normal daily household activities without the constant help of others. Her family plans to move out of their townhouse and purchase a home that will better meet her needs.
The driver of the commercial vehicle, which was owned by Mr. Handyman, pleaded guilty to improper driving.[12-T-194]
Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident
Injuries alleged: Traumatic brain injury, broken bones, internal injuries
Name of case: Omari v. Ross, et al.
Court: Prince William County Circuit Court
Date resolved: Nov. 19, 2012
Special damages: Medical bills – $230,000; dental bills – $37,000
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorney for plaintiff: Michael W. Slocumb, Washington, D.C.