Car Accident Lawyer Wins $2.1M Verdict for Man Badly Hurt in Head-On Crash
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on November 8th, 2019
An Allegheny County jury has awarded a $2.1 million verdict to a western Pennsylvania man who was badly hurt and left permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound when his minivan was struck head-on by a vehicle that crossed the centerline of a road in June of 2015.
Donald Berger, 62, was driving east on Hulton Road in Penn Hills Township just east of Pittsburgh on June 29, 2015, when a westbound car being driven by Caleb Wilson crossed from its lane and smashed into the front of Berger’s minivan, according to an Oct. 24 story by Law.com.
Berger, who was already living with complications from multiple sclerosis, suffered serious back, head and leg injuries from the collision, which worsened his everyday living conditions, according to a lawsuit filed by the plaintiff against Wilson.
After being taken from the accident scene by ambulance, Berger was diagnosed with a comminuted distal fracture of the left femur, a nasal fracture, nasal lacerations, dislocation of the left index and ring fingers, fractures of ribs, a closed injury of his head, a fracture of each foot’s great toe, and a fracture of the T5 vertebra, which resulted in paraplegia, according to the story.
His injuries required the installation of an external fixator on his left thigh and he later underwent open reduction and internal fixation of his left femur’s fracture, in which a plate and screws were implanted and bone grafting was performed, the story continued.
“During his hospitalization, he suffered a heart attack and a pulmonary embolism, which required implantation of a blood-clot filter that was later removed in February 2017,” according to the report. He was stabilized and later transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility where he underwent extensive physical therapy. His injuries also included impairments in word fluency due to an injury to his frontal lobe.
After being discharged from the rehabilitation facility, Berger suffered complications, including vascular problems with his legs, chronic venous stasis changes in both feet and edema and ulcers of his toes, which further made his life difficult. He also developed muscle spasticity and neurogenic bowel and bladder.
Before the crash and the injuries he suffered, he intermittently used a wheelchair to get around due to his multiple sclerosis, and was able to have a fairly independent lifestyle, according to Berger’s testimony in court. But the crash changed that, leaving him paralyzed and unable to care for himself. Since the crash, he requires near around-the-clock assistance for his activities of daily living, including dressing himself, bathing and using the bathroom.
Berger sought $2.3 million to $3.6 million in damages through his lawsuit to help pay for future medical costs, plus damages for past and future pain and suffering and disfigurement. His lawsuit alleged that the other driver was negligent in the operation of his vehicle, which was conceded by the defense.
After hearing testimony in the case, the Allegheny County jury awarded Berger $2.1 million in damages.
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