Active-duty marine suffers pelvic injuries, including his testicles.
Marcereau & Nazif by Robert Marcereau, Foothill Ranch.
Hartsyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego by J. Dean Rice.
Ken Wagner, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Fullerton.
Saroush Ramin, M.D., urology, Los Angeles.
Neeraj Gupta, M.D., orthopedic surgery.
Edward Yun, M.D., urology.
On August 12, 2018, defendant driver turned left in front of plaintiff’s motorcycle at an intersection. Plaintiff was ejected from his motorcycle at about 40 mph and suffered an “open book” pelvic fracture and a ruptured testicle.
Plaintiff contended that defendant was negligent and that such negligence caused his injuries. About four months after the collision, plaintiff returned to restricted work as a Marine. Within eight months, he was able to pass the physical fitness test for active duty, which included things like running three miles, doing pull-ups, crunches, etc. By this time, he no longer walked with a limp and was back to working out at the gym six days a week. However, he still had pain and residual problems.
Even though he was very active and has no mobility issues, plaintiff still had pelvic pain with extended exercise and had reached maximum improvement. Plaintiff also experienced urinary issues since the collision. He never received treatment for the condition, but stated that it’s ongoing.
Defendant stipulated to liability just before jury selection. Defendant contended that plaintiff made a great recovery and was very active, including going to the gym six days a week. Defendant argued that plaintiff's symptoms were subjective and there was no objective proof of his claimed problems. According to defendant's orthopedic and urology experts, plaintiff's symptoms didn’t match up with his injuries.
Pelvic fracture with internal fixation. Testicular injury with loss of one testicle. Residual pain and urinary issues.
Emotional distress, anxiety, humiliation.