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Head-on collision left plaintiff with severe headaches – $250,000 Verdict

Plaintiff was struck head-on on Va. Rt. 40 in Franklin County by a vehicle operated by the defendant. Defendant veered into plaintiff’s lane of travel. Both vehicles were damaged, and defendant admitted liability for the accident. Plaintiff went to the emergency room at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital the day following the accident, and within a month was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Plaintiff has experienced severe disabling headaches since the accident, and has lost his ability to drive commercial vehicles as a result.


Type of action: Personal injury – automobile accident
Injuries alleged: Long-term post-concussion syndrome
Name of case: Davis v. Sechrist
Court: Franklin County Circuit Court
Case no.: CL11-6402
Tried before: Jury
Judge: William N. II Alexander
Date: May 9, 2013
Special damages: Approx. $33,000 in medical expenses; claim for lost wages and future earning capacity
Verdict or settlement: Verdict
Amount: $250,000
Attorney for plaintiff: Eric H. Ferguson, Rocky Mount
Attorney for defendant: William P. Wallace Jr., Roanoke
Plaintiff’s expert: Dr. Robert Strong, general medicine, Rocky Mount
Defendant’s expert: Dr. Richard Wilson Jr., pain management, Blacksburg

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