Driver is hit in crosswalk, but defendant says that crosswalk was closed for construction, with an alternate crosswalk available.
Future medical expenses: $1,500,000
Kramer Trial Lawyers APC by Daniel K. Kramer and Teresa A. Johnson, Los Angeles.
Shawn Steel Law Firm by Alexander Eisner, Seal Beach.
Macdonald & Cody by Michael Moon, Riverside.
Jan Roughan, life care planning.
Ronald Kvitne, M.D., orthopedic surgery.
David Teetz, forensic engineering.
On October 31, 2019, 64-year-old plaintiff was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of Drybank Boulevard/Bart Earle Way and Silver Spur Road with her husband on their way to dinner in Rolling Hills Estates. At the same time, defendant Robin Haskell was driving her BMW SUV on Bart Earle Way/Drybank Boulevard, intending to turn left onto Silver Spur Road.
Defendant driver did not stop her vehicle or slow down before she collided with plaintiff, who went flying and landed back toward the sidewalk, face down. As a result of the crash, plaintiff suffered serious injuries, including multiple fractures of her wrists, pelvis and left knee. Plaintiff has undergone three surgeries to date and doctors anticipate up to seven more surgeries in her future, along with ongoing pain and other issues.
That plaintiff had the right of way as she was lawfully within the crosswalk when she was hit by defendant. An eyewitness and the police officer confirmed that plaintiff had the right of way. Plaintiff claimed ongoing damages as a result of her injuries, including significant pain and activity restriction. As a result of her injuries, plaintiff has difficulty engaging in everyday tasks and can no longer maintain the extremely active lifestyle she led up to the time of the crash.
Defendants contended that plaintiff was in a closed crosswalk at the time of the crash, and that she should have walked in the parallel crosswalk on the other side of the street. Defendants claimed the crosswalk was closed due to construction on a building at the corner of the intersection.
Defendants argued that plaintiff had made a full recovery and would not need any ongoing surgeries or other care, and that she was back to doing the same activities she did before the crash. The defense asked for a full defense verdict.
Bilateral wrist (distal radius) fractures; sacral fracture; left tibial plateau fracture. Plaintiff has undergone two ORIF surgeries on her bilateral wrists and a carpal tunnel release on her right wrist. Plaintiff requires future wrist surgeries, an SI joint fusion, lumbar discectomy, knee arthroscopy and total knee replacement.
Plaintiff has pain engaging in all activities, and is no longer able to dance or be as active as she was before. She used to go to dance class multiple times per week, as well as do yoga, spin, and dragonboating. The pain affects her sleep and ability to do everyday activities.
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