Attorneys: Charles Cooper/Robert Schall
Facts: On December 15, 2006, a 47-year-old chef was stopped for traffic in Chester County, Pennsylvania while leaving work and was rear-ended by transit bus, causing an aggravation of the Plaintiff’s pre-existing neck and back injuries that he had sustained in 3 prior motor vehicle accidents. As a result of the injuries he sustained in this accident, the Plaintiff underwent a lumbar discectomy, cervical fusion, and implantation of a dorsal column stimulator to reduce the pain in his legs from his nerve injury caused by the accident.
Cooper & Schall, P.C. successfully argued that the Plaintiff would need extensive medical care in the future and suffered a substantial past and future wage loss because the Plaintiff could not return to his job as a chef due to the severity of pain in his neck and back. The Defendant was unsuccessful in arguing that the Plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing and that the property damage to Plaintiff’s vehicle was so minimal that it could not have caused the injuries he sustained and settled prior to trial after a lawsuit was filed by Cooper & Schall, P.C.