Type of action: Personal injury, auto accident
Injuries alleged: Concussion and associated dizziness, memory, concentration and vision problems
Name of case: Abdulbaaqee v. Wolk
Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court
Case no.: CL21004426-00
Tried before: Jury
Name of judge or mediator: Judge Tanya Bullock
Date resolved: 6/6/2023
Special damages: $25,932.64
Verdict or settlement: Verdict
Attorney for plaintiff: Richard H. Roston, Portsmouth
Description of case: Defendant admitted liability in this low-speed rear-end collision. Plaintiff suffered a concussion with associated symptoms such as dizziness, eye flutters, confusion and memory issues, and incurred about $26,000 in medical expenses for ER, primary care, MRI/CT scans, physical therapy and neurological ophthalmology. Making her trauma worse, she had suffered a concussion with similar complaints in an accident about five years before this accident with lengthy treatment and eventually a full recovery, and this accident reminded her of the earlier accident. To complicate matters, there was a three-month gap in treatment between March and June 2020 because of COVID-19, during which she was unable to make an appointment to see her primary care physician even though she regularly called them. Based on the gap in treatment, the court gave the instruction about duty to mitigate damages over counsel’s objection. The jury deliberated for just under two hours and returned a verdict for $81,000. There is adequate coverage to pay this judgment.
Richard H. Roston, counsel for plaintiff, provided case information.