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Plaintiff’s pickup rear-ended by tractor-trailer – $450,000 Settlement

On Feb. 18, 2012, plaintiff was rear-ended on Route 522 in Rappahannock County. He was slowing to make a right turn into a friend’s driveway when a 1986 International tractor-trailer, driven by the defendant, struck the rear of his 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The investigating state trooper charged defendant with reckless driving.

Plaintiff was transported from the scene to Culpeper Regional Hospital, where he remained for approximately two weeks. He underwent surgery with internal fixation of the right tibial fracture. The plaintiff sustained a foot drop.

Mediation was carried out shortly after filing suit and before service of process was obtained. The case settled a few days after mediation.


Type of action: Personal injury – auto/tractor-trailer accident
Injuries alleged: Depressed right tibial plateau fracture, compartment syndrome, right foot drop
Name of case: Woodward v. Forren
Court: Rappahannock Circuit Court
Case no.: CL13-46
Resolved before: Mediation
Mediator: Johanna L. Fitzpatrick
Special damages: Medical bills – $54,944.02
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Amount: $450,000
Attorney for plaintiff: John C. Shea, Richmond
Insurance carrier: Progressive

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