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ARTICLE ID 186286

$________ – MUNICIPAL LIABILITY – DEFENDANT DRIVER OF PORT AUTHORITY PICK-UP TRUCK FAILS TO STOP AT RED LIGHT, STRIKING PLAINTIFF DRIVER AFTER EXITING BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE – COLLISION CAPTURED ON BRIDGE'S VIDEO SYSTEM – SEVERE RIGHT LOWER LEG FRACTURES – INFECTION – GANGRENE – BELOW-THE-KNEE AMPUTATION DESPITE 12 SURGERIES.

Philadelphia County, PA

The plaintiff pick-up truck driver, 51 at the time of the collision and 55 at the time of the recovery, contended that the defendant pick-up truck driver, in the course of his employment with PATCO, negligently failed to stop at a red light, colliding with the side of the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff maintained that he suffered severe lower right leg fractures consisting of comminuted tibia and fibula fractures, as well as a pilon fracture to the ankle. The plaintiff underwent a total of some 12 surgical interventions in a three to four-year period until requiring a below-the-knee amputation.

The collision occurred approximately two blocks after the plaintiff crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge while en route to work and one of the bridge’s cameras, focused on the bridge apron, captured the accident. The plaintiff would have argued that although somewhat “grainy,” the video, in color, showed that the plaintiff entered the intersection with a green light and was broadsided by the defendant.
The plaintiff maintained that he suffered particularly severe compound, comminuted fractures that involved tibia and fibula, as well as a pilon fracture to the ankle on the same side. The plaintiff’s orthopedist would have related that several weeks after emergency surgery, the day of the collision, the plaintiff underwent subsequent surgery in which a plate and screws were inserted. The plaintiff’s orthopedist would have testified that because of the development of infection, the plaintiff then needed two debridements. The physician would have related that the plaintiff also required two surgeries in which external fixation devices were placed.

The plaintiff contended that he also developed a vascular compromise and that two vascular surgeries were not successful, resulting in toes becoming gangrenous. The plaintiff underwent the below-the-knee amputation after 12 surgeries had been performed over a three and a-half to four-year period.

The plaintiff related that he never considered himself "book smart," had not graduated high school, but was talented in physical work. The plaintiff had been a cement mason for some years and contended that because of the injuries, he will permanently be unable to work. The plaintiff contended that he took great pride in his ability to work, and that the loss from the injuries was all-the-greater because of this aspect. The plaintiff would have introduced evidence of approximately $________ in economic losses, including lost income and past and future medical bills.The pre-trial offer of $________ was rejected. The defendant was covered by a $________ policy. During the plaintiff’s opening statement, a juror fainted.

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