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Plaintiff suffered multiple orthopedic injuries in I-81 head-on crash – $1,300,000 Settlement

Plaintiff, a 49-year-old woman, was driving southbound on I-81 for work when the defendant’s decedent left the northbound lanes of I-81, crossed the median, entered the southbound lanes, and collided head-on with the plaintiff’s vehicle. Decedent, a beloved schoolteacher in the community, died upon impact.

The plaintiff was airlifted to Bristol Regional Medical Center where she remained for six days.  She attended more than 100 physician appointments, had more than 50 diagnostic procedures, attended more than 100 therapy sessions, and underwent three surgeries related to her fractured clavicle.

Liberty Mutual was also the workers’ compensation carrier, which agreed to waive subrogation.  Amicus Visual Solutions prepared illustrations and animation. Synergy Medicare Set Aside Services prepared the MSA. Ron Feinman at One World Structured Settlement Design, LLC handled the structured portion of the settlement.



Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident
Injuries alleged: Brachial plexus injury, crushed thoracic outlet, right clavicle fracture, CRPS Type II resulting in 25 percent right dominant upper extremity impairment, concussion with loss of consciousness, instability at C4-5, C7 transverse process fracture, eight fractured ribs, pneumothorax, renal contusion, dislocated right great toe, PTSD, scarring on right shoulder and left hip
Name of case: Heath v. Sharp, Admin’r
Court: Washington County Circuit Court
Case no.: CL 12-428
Mediator: Philip H. Blackburn
Date resolved: Oct. 9, 2014
Special damages: Medical expenses – $248,753.13; past lost wages – $73,995.24
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Amount: $1,300,000
Attorneys for plaintiff:  Lori L. Smith, Chesterfield; Eric D. Yost, Staunton
Plaintiff’s experts: Morgan O. Lorio, M.D.; Thomas G. Sutton, M.D.; Timothy G. McGarry, M.D.; Jennifer L. Quesinberry, M.D.
Defendants’ expert: Brian A. Torre, M.D.
Insurance carriers: State Farm (primary) – $100,000; Liberty Mutual (UIM) – $1,200,000


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