$2.725 Million Dollars Recovered for Brain Injury By A Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers
*********For purposes of confidentiality, the real names of the parties have been omitted. However, this lawsuit was filed the Virginia truck accident lawyers of the Ritchie Law Firm in the Circuit Court of Rockingham County, Virginia, and the litigation and settlement are recorded there.********
Harrisonburg, Virginia, Truck Accident Lawyers
The Ritchie Law Firm recovered $2.725 million dollars in a Harrisonburg, Virginia, truck accident case. In this case, the injured person, who we will call “Jane,” was from West Virginia and had traveled to Harrisonburg to attend appointments. She was stopped at a stop light in Harrisonburg when her car was rear-ended by the driver of another vehicle, who we will call “Bob.” After the rear-end collision, “Jane” got out of her vehicle and stood on the sidewalk waiting for police. As she was standing on the sidewalk, a large, city-owned truck approached and struck the rear of “Bob’s” vehicle, causing it to hit the curb, jump the sidewalk, and hit Jane who was standing nearby.
Serious Brain Injuries
“Jane” was seriously injured. She lost consciousness after being hit. She was taken by ambulance to Rockingham Memorial Hospital until she was stabilized and as then transported by helicopter to the University of Virginia Medical Center. At UVA, “Jane” was told she had two fractured ankles, three fractured ribs, and a permanent brain injury with a subdural hematoma.
After arriving at UVA, Jane’s neurological condition deteriorated, and she was not able to answer any questions coherently. A CT scan showed she had bleeding on the brain. Once that condition was stabilized, Jane had surgery on her broken ankles.
After the accident, Jane was well aware of her deficits and the differences in her abilities since her injury. Jane stated, “I used to do all this, what happened, I can’t even do this” when referring to reading and other similar tasks.
Extensive Medical Treatment Needed
Jane’s recovery was slow and she needed extensive medical treatment. Her short-term memory, tasks of daily living, and judgment were all impaired. While Jane’s verbal and hearing skills were intact, she had significant difficulty with finding the right words. She experienced great difficulty with object naming, sentence completion, open-ended questions and repetition.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2017, 4,889 truck and buses were involved in fatal crashes. This represents a 9 percent increase from 2016. Since its low in 2009, the number of large truck and bus fatal crashes has increased by 42%.
In fact, from 2016-2017, the number of large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8%. Also, from 2016 to 2017, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent, from 4,251 to 4,657. The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5 percent from 102,000 to 107,000.
Clearly, the number of truck accidents is on the rise. If you or a loved one finds yourself in the unfortunate situation of being injured in a Virginia or West Virginia truck accident, the attorneys at the Ritchie Law Firm have the expertise to make sure you get what you need to help you recover. We have decades of experience with battling the insurance company . . . and WINNING! Don’t trust your case to a lawyer with no experience with handling truck accident cases.
Questions to Ask Your Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should ask any lawyer you think you might hire the following questions:
a) How long have you been in practice?
b) Do you have actual experience handling truck and tractor trailer accident cases?
c) Can I read about your track record of successes in truck and tractor trailer injury cases?
d) Have you published any books or guides for consumers? (Check out our firm’s “Your Rights After a Serious Auto Accident” book here)
e) Are you board certified?*
f) Are you listed in SuperLawyers?**
g) What is your Martindale-Hubbell rating?***
h) Do you spend at least 80% of your time representing individuals against insurance companies in injury, disability, and malpractice cases?
If the lawyer you are thinking of hiring can’t say yes to these questions, walk away. Getting the compensation you need to help you recover and get back on track is too important to leave in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer.
Talk with a Virginia and West Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered significant injuries in a truck or tractor trailer accident in Virginia, Ritchie Law Firm is here to help. The experienced, certified attorneys at the Ritchie Law Firm have helped thousands of injured victims and their families recover the compensation they deserve after an accident. Contact us by phone at 800-277-6124 or by using our online contact form.
Ritchie Law Firm is a personal injury law firm devoted to helping individuals who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence. Ritchie Law Firm serves all of Virginia, while helping clients in cities and surrounding areas of Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, and Winchester also serves clients in West Virginia, including Martinsburg, WV.
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