Virginia Lawyers Weekly//October 2, 2023
Virginia Lawyers Weekly//October 2, 2023//
Type of action: Personal injury
Injuries alleged: Lumbar and cervical injuries
Name of case: Feathers v. Heddings
Court: Fauquier County Circuit Court
Case no.: CL22-251
Date resolved: 4/28/2023
Special damages: $685,000
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorneys for plaintiff: Kevin L. Locklin and Brian P. Coleman, Manassas
Description of case: The defendant fell asleep and drifted into the plaintiff’s lane of travel, causing a significant motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff suffered injuries to the cervical and lumbar spine. The plaintiff underwent an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at C4-5 along with a lumbar fusion from L3-5. Due to continuing symptoms, the plaintiff’s treating neurosurgeon opted for a spinal cord stimulator and implantable pulse generator almost two and a half years after the accident. The defendant only had $25,000 in liability coverage, but the plaintiff had a significant applicable underinsured motorist policy. The underinsured motorist carrier offered the full $975,000 in coverage available immediately after service was requested.
Plaintiff’s counsel Brian P. Coleman provided case information.