$1.1 Million Settlement in Accident Case

By on January 4th, 2021

Posted in Stark News

Stark & Stark is proud to announce that Shareholder Carin O’Donnell and Associate Ryan Kilmer have recovered $1.1 million for a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle while working.

The 39 year old client suffered from severe and catastrophic injuries, including a broken pubic bone, broken tibia, and a ruptured spleen due to the motor vehicle accident that occurred in July of 2016. Due to the extent of his injuries, the client could never return to work. Since this life-changing event, the victim continues to frequent multiple doctors, and still struggles with completing simple tasks like sitting down. The client was a tow truck driver who, at the time of the accident, was assisting someone whose vehicle had broken down. As he was hooking up the disabled vehicle to the tow truck on the side of the road, a car came by and struck him. It is important to note that the car did not stop after striking the worker, and left him injured on the side of the road. Even though the client was a pedestrian, outside his tow truck when the incident occurred, Ms. O’Donnell and Mr. Kilmer made legal arguments which allowed a recovery from the motor vehicle insurance policy of his employer’s tow truck. The client was therefore able to not only receive workers’ compensation through his employer, but also a recovery from the employers’ motor vehicle insurance policy on the tow truck. Ms. O’Donnell and Mr. Kilmer were able to recover the full amount of the insurance policy, thereby obtaining the maximum recovery amount for their client in the third party claim, while also settling the workers’ compensation matter.

“Our goal in representing clients is to get a recovery that not only compensates them for their past losses, but also provides them with the means to get medical and other necessary services they need going forward.  We are happy our client can use this recovery towards the very things he and his family need to resume a life that is as similar as possible to what it was before this tragic event occurred,” said Carin O’Donnell.

Mr. Kilmer stated: “It was an honor to work on this case and help secure this settlement for our client. This is truly life-changing money which will provide the client with the necessary resources to provide for his and his family’s needs moving forward.”

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