Settlement Amount: $1,750,000
Back & Spinal-Cord Injuries
Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner attorney Dean Brett’s client was a belted passenger in a high-speed, roll-over freeway accident. His multiple spine fractures and his closed head injury made it very difficult for him to continue in his career as a physician. Since his insurance company could not effectively contest the cause of the rollover or of his medical condition, they denied full coverage by arguing that at 56, the doctor was near retirement, didn’t really need to work, and had previously announced his intention to retire before the collision.
Following the collision, Dean’s client attempted to return to work part-time, but he experienced difficulties caused by his head injury, forcing his retirement.
To fully support his client in attaining a settlement that included full lost future income, Attorney Dean Brett completed extensive research and found data that had the accident not occurred, the client he would have worked at least an additional 10 years before retiring, and that his economic loss caused by this high-speed rollover accident as $1,274,087.
In addition to the loss of future earning capacity, Dean’s client lost the intangible rewards of practicing medicine. What does it mean for a man who has spent his entire life training for and working as a doctor to no longer be able to function as a doctor? What impact does that have on his self-esteem and self-worth? Here was a man who had delivered more than 800 babies, but who could no longer work in an operating room.
Based upon these tangible and intangible losses, Dean Brett secured a settlement offer of $1,750,000.