I was very pleased earlier this month to win a jury verdict for my client, a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit pending in Halifax County. The case arose out of a rear-end auto collision in which my client struck the rear of the plaintiff's vehicle at approximately 40 miles per hour. The plaintiff was placed on a backboard by EMS and taken to the emergency room complaining of neck and back pain. He subsequently received treatment from his family physician, physical therapists, a neurologist at Duke, a psychiatrist, an orthopaedist, and pain management specialists.
Two years after the accident, the plaintiff was deemed to be totally disabled and was awarded Social Security Disability benefits due, in part, to his neck and back pain. In addition to extensive medical bills, the plaintiff claimed lost wages in excess of $500,000.