Virginia Lawyers Weekly//December 1, 2018
Virginia Lawyers Weekly//December 1, 2018//
Plaintiff, age 32, was from Belarus and was operating a truck on Interstate 95 when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. The physical damage to both vehicles was minimal. Plaintiff lived in Brooklyn, New York, and drove from the accident scene back to Brooklyn.
Several days after the accident, plaintiff went to see a doctor about pain in his back. Plaintiff eventually underwent a discectomy.
The need for surgery and whether it was related to the accident were both hotly contested issues. Plaintiff suffered from degenerative joint disease and congenital fusions in his spine prior to the accident. However, plaintiff’s surgeon opined that plaintiff did injure his back and had an exacerbation of the preexisting condition which necessitated surgery.
Plaintiff’s counsel settled the case with the insurance adjuster prior to suit being filed.
Type of action: Personal Injury/Rear-End Collision
Injuries alleged: Back pain and back surgery
Special damages: $68,211.52 in medical bills
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorney for plaintiff: W.F. Drewry “Drew” Gallalee, Richmond