A man that was a 65-year-old passenger in a Red Top taxi cab which was struck by a Metro bus in Arlington, resulting in moderate property damage to the taxi. Plaintiff suffered a detached retina in his left eye, as well as a herniated disc at C5-C6 and L5-S1. A vitrectomy surgery was performed on his eye and ultimately. It developed a cataract in his eye as a result of the surgery.
No future surgery was recommended on the herniated discs. The bus company’s orthopedic doctor claimed that there was no herniations present and that plaintiff suffered longstanding degenerative disc disease in both his cervical and lumbar spine. The bus company’s ophthalmologist claimed that he suffered from pre-existing lattice degeneration in his eye which predisposed him to injury.
He had medical expenses of $19,000 and his doctors predicted that he would have future medical expenses of $4,500. The bus company offered $30,000 before trial. The jury’s verdict was $495,300.
Awarded: Verdict $495,300
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