A jury has awarded a $10.5 million amputation accident settlement to a woman who was hit by a vehicle while waiting for a bus in 2012.
Deborah Munize alleged that she was waiting for a bus on an early morning in Brooklyn when she was struck by a livery driver. The plaintiff said that she was stuck by an out of control 2004 Ford Crown Victoria that jumped the curb and, as a result of her injuries, she lost her left leg below the knee.
A Brooklyn jury awarded a $10.5 million verdict in the amputation accident settlement. Both the driver and his employer, Maven Limo, who owned the vehicle, were defendants in the lawsuit. The defendants asked to set aside the amputation accident settlement, but the judge denied their motion.
According to the lawsuit, after hitting the plaintiff, the driver fled the accident, leaving his bumper and license plate in the road. He later submitted to the police.
The amputation accident settlement includes $2.5 million for the plaintiff’s past pain and suffering and $8 million for future pain and suffering.
Amputations permanently change lives, not only those who have lost limbs, but also for friends and family who may need to support the amputee for the rest of their lives. Amputees may also not be able to work and may also face mounting medical bills for their care and for prosthetics.
Sadly, approximately two million Americans live with an amputation. Although medical interventions are improving, the damage to some limbs can be too extensive to save. Fortunately, prosthetic technology is getting better. The devices are becoming more comfortable and functional, but these are still costly items, in addition to surgery and physical therapy an amputee will require to learn how to use their prosthetic limb. According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an amputation costs on average over $600,000 for the medical bills alone.
Amputations caused by accidents most often occur in certain settings, including motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, defective products, and machinery accidents. Unfortunately, accidents that result in amputation are sometimes caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.
Those who lose limbs through no fault of their own may be entitled to compensation or amputation accident settlements from the person, company, or other organization that caused the accident. In addition to medical expenses and lost wages, those injured in amputation accidents may also suffer future pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. They may also need to undergo extensive physical therapy or hire people to aid them for their daily life activities.
If you or a loved one has lost a limb due to the negligence or recklessness of others, contact an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Bradley/Grombacher can help you obtain an amputation accident settlement to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and future expenses.