In May 2004, HS parallel parked her 1998 Hyundai Elantra on Stewart Street in downtown Seattle. Before she could turn off her engine, HS was slammed from behind by SL. The force of the collision was significant enough to push HS’s vehicle forward several feet. HS suffered personal injuries as a result of the collision.
Washington law provides that the drivers have the duty to exercise ordinary care and avoid causing a collision. See RCW 46.61.445 and Washington Pattern Jury Instruction (WPI) 70.01. was negligent when he slammed into our client’s vehicle.
HS sustained the following injuries in this accident:
- Severe cervical strain following a motor vehicle collision;
- Lumbar strain following a motor vehicle collision;
- Muscle tension in surrounding cervical musculature causing headaches;
- Shoulder spasm following motor vehicle collision;
- Cervical facet pain right greater than left C2-C3, C3-C4 and C5-C6;
- Thoracic outlet type of symptoms with arm fatigue;
- Postural dysfunction;
- Myofascial pain of the neck and shoulder girdle;
- Mid thoracic mechanical dysfunction; and
- Cervicogenic headaches.
HS is employed full time for a temporary-employment agency. She also works part-time as a nanny/tutor. In her spare time, HS enjoys snowboarding, working out, hiking, dancing and volunteering for child care activities.
HS was unable to drive for long periods of time without experiencing pain in her neck and shoulders. HS’s job teaching first grade requires that she stand on her feet during the entire day, reach up to write on the board, rearrange desks in the classroom, kneel down to her students’ desks, and walk around the school grounds with the children. HS’s job also requires that she sit for long periods of time before and after the school day to make her lesson plan and grade papers. HS still cannot perform the above mentioned tasks without experiencing pain and discomfort in her neck and back.
To date, HS’s activities are limited due to her injuries. She is unable to continue with many of the activities and hobbies she enjoyed doing before the collision. HS has chosen not to return to teaching this year due to the physical demands listed above. She is now forced to work a lower-paying position due to the physical limitations of her injuries.
In order to ensure that she received sufficient compensation for her medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life, HS hired Seattle car accident lawyer Chris Davis.