Passenger In A Taxi Cab Struck By A Bus

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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