On February 8, 2004, MP was driving his Geo Prism in Seattle, Washington. As MP was traveling, he was struck on the side by under-insured JB.
Under-insured JB had run the red light at the intersection of 130th Street and Aurora and MP was struck as a result.
The force of the collision pushed MP’s vehicle into the next lane, causing the tires to pop.
Washington law provides that the drivers on 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. JB was negligent when he slammed into our client’s vehicle.
MP sustained the following injuries in this accident:
- Myofascitis of Cervico-Thoracic Musculature
- Open Dislocation, Vertebra, Unspecified Site
- Thoracic Sprain/Strain
- Cervical Subluxation
- Probable bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome; not accident
- Right C5-C6, C6-C7, and C7-T1 facet pain and mechanical dysfunction;
- T5-T7 bilateral facet pain and mechanical dysfunction;
- L4-S1 mechanical dysfunction;
- C4-C5 small central protrusion;
- T1-T5 10.00 mm syrinix;?? naturall
- Elevated right hemidiaphragm.
MP is 31 years old. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Katherine Policani and their two children Caius (4 ½) and Mira (1).
MP is employed as an Information Technology Specialist for Siemens Business Services. In his spare time, MP enjoys bowling, working in his garden, taking long walks and home improvement projects.
MP was unable to sit, stand, or lay comfortably while his injuries healed. At the time of the collision, MP was contracted to work for Microsoft for a period of one year. MP’s contract stated that Microsoft may offer permanent employment, however, MP’s time missed from work made him ineligible for permanent hire by Microsoft at the end of his contract.
MP was unable to sit at a computer for long periods of time without experiencing pain in his neck, upper back, and shoulders. For months following the collision, MP was unable to participate in activities such as bowling, gardening, hiking, walking, home improvement and other physical activities.
In his home life, MP was unable to continue with his normal activities. MP is a very active person who greatly enjoys spending time with his children and participating in outdoor activities. He was unable to lift his children, get down on the floor to play with his children, bend down to do yard work and other activities for months following the collision.
MP has been unable to sleep through the night due to his back pain. He has not used an alarm clock in two years because his back pain wakes him up instead. MP and his wife purchased a “Sleep Number” bed for the adjustability in hopes that it would alleviate some of MP’s pain. However, MP is still awoken at night by the pain in his back.
To date, MP’s activities are limited due to his injuries. He is unable to continue with many of his activities and hobbies he enjoyed doing before this collision. He is self conscious about the scars left on his body and still experiences anxiety when traveling in a vehicle.
MP was a client of Allstate Insurance company, and spent a very large amount of time in an effort to secure a just and satisfactory financial settlement. To assist him, he hired personal injury lawyer and car accident attorney Chris Davis. Mr. Davis is the founder and principal attorney at the Davis Law Group in Seattle, and has a successful history of securing just financial compensation for his clients that have been in serious car accidents.