Personal injury action when both vehicles are declared to be total losses after crash at intersection.
Past medical: $2,763
Future medical: $900
Past lost income: $5,400
$5,000 award modified by the court on a motion for additur. The jury gave $0 for pain and suffering.
Sailer Law Firm, APC by AJ Kotanjian, Whittier.
Chavez Legal Group by Joseph Kang, La Mirada.
Stephen Smith, DC. (Treating chiropractor.)
None presented at trial.
Mallie Donohoe, accident reconstruction.
Bryan Randles, biomechanics.
The subject collision occurred in the City of Whittier, at Mills Avenue and Lambert Road.
This case involved disputed liability. Plaintiff was traveling southbound on Mills Ave. when defendant attempted to make a left turn from northbound Mills Ave. onto westbound Lambert Rd.
Plaintiff was traveling straight through the intersection on what she claimed was a yellow light. Defendant made a left turn directly in front of plaintiff.
Both vehicles were declared a total loss as they were both folded up like accordions.
Plaintiff claimed she was traveling on a yellow light; that defendant violated her right-of-way and was responsible for this collision.
Plaintiff was 26 years old at the time and was employed as a restaurant waitress. Plaintiff claimed she was unable to work for a period of two months as a waitress because of her injuries.
Defendant claimed plaintiff caused the collision. Defendant claimed that she only began turning left when the light turned red.
Plaintiff's claimed injuries were soft tissue back and neck, along with right elbow lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Plaintiff underwent no surgeries,only chiropractic care. No MRI of plaintiff's elbow was taken. Photographs were presented to the jury showing bad bruising all over plaintiff’s body.