WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney David C. Prather secured a nearly $500,000 personal injury verdict in a case (Edwin Wells v. Jordan Quinn and Peter D. Quinn) for a Florida man who suffered injuries to his neck and back following a rear-end collision. Mr. Prather represented the Plaintiff, Edwin Wells, who was 62 years old at the time of the accident on May 14, 2015 and an owner of his own restaurant in Jupiter, Florida.
The case involved a rear-end accident where the Defendant's large Chevy truck struck a Jaguar sedan and pushed it into our client's vehicle, a Ford Explorer. The Explorer had a trailer hitch which took the brunt of the impact. There was no visible damage to our client's Ford, and it was repaired for $653.00. The Defendant's vehicle sustained damage under $900.00, and the damage to the Jaguar was about $1,200.00.
Mr. Wells claimed neck and back injuries and treated with a chiropractor for approximately fifty-five (55) visits. The day after the accident, Mr. Wells presented to a chiropractor who referred him to an Urgent Care Center. The Plaintiff eventually saw an orthopedic physician on three (3) occasions who recommended epidural steroid injections into his neck which he declined and opted for additional conservative treatment and physical therapy.
Mr. Wells was ultimately diagnosed with three (3) herniated discs in his neck along with an aggravation of several bulging discs in his lower back. Surgery was never recommended by his treating physicians. Mr. Wells had testified that he injured his low back in a car accident about 30 years before this accident but was doing fine physically for many years.
The jury returned a verdict of $498,691.00 after a three (3) day trial. The total amount awarded was $20,000.00 for past medical expenses; $26,000.00 for future medical care; $2,000.00 for lost wages; and $450,000,00 for past and future pain and suffering. The Defendants' insurance company, Allstate Insurance Company, only offered $10,000.00 to settle the case pretrial and never increased their offer prior to the jury rendering their verdict.
The Defendants' doctor, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, testified that all of Mr. Wells injuries were pre-existing and caused by prior injuries and the Plaintiff's physical duties as a restaurant owner.
Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin is a West Palm Beach-based law firm with a national reputation for success in cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and defective products. The firm's award-winning legal team has secured over $1 billion in compensation for the injured and the wronged. Visit www.clarkfountain.com for more about the firm.
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