Improper Left Turn Crash Leaves Innocent Victim With Soft Tissue Neck and Shoulder Injuries, Persistent Pain | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

What Happened

Our Virginia personal injury client suffered neck and shoulder injuries in a car crash in Portsmouth, VA. The collision happened when another driver cut off our client’s vehicle while attempting to make an improper left-hand turn.

The wreck left our client with damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves in his neck and shoulder, which caused him a great deal of pain for many months. By the time we took his case, the injured man had racked up unpaid medical bills totaling nearly $10,000.


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Key Legal Strategy

The auto insurance company representing the driver who made the improper left-hand turn and injured our client refused to offer a fair and adequate settlement. This forced our Virginia personal injury attorney to file a civil lawsuit, and the insurer insisted on having a jury decide the issue.

During two days of testimony, our lawyer presented proof that the other driver caused the crash and shared medical records substantiating his client’s lingering injuries and persistent pain. This convinced jurors to award the injured man $30,000. That amount was enough to pay his past and future medical expenses while also compensating him for his pain and suffering.

Auto insurance companies fight injury claims in many ways, and they particularly oppose claims for injuries that do not show up on X-rays, require surgery or inflict more pain than physical trauma. We pride ourselves on fighting for accident victims.

Court & Date: Portsmouth Circuit Court, Portsmouth, VA; August 2000

Staff: Randall E. Appleton, staff attorney