$________ Rear end collision - Ulnar nerve entrapment - Brachial Plexus injury - Damages only.
Allegheny County (34879)
The female plaintiff, in her 40s, alleged that a rear end
collision by the defendant driver left her with ulnar nerve
entrapment and a brachial plexus injury. The defendant admitted
negligence in striking the plaintiffs car, but argued that the
plaintiffs injuries pre-existed the subject collision or were
caused by a subsequent motor vehicle accident.
The plaintiff claimed that her car was stopped in traffic when it
was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by the defendant. The
plaintiffs neurologist and orthopedic surgeon testified that the
plaintiff sustained an ulnar nerve entrapment of the left arm and
a brachial plexus injury as a result of the collision. The
plaintiffs neurologist also opined that there is a possibility
that the plaintiff will require future surgery for the nerve
The defendants orthopedic surgeon testified that the plaintiffs
medical history indicated that some of her complaints pre-existed
the subject collision. Additionally, in light of a subsequent
motor vehicle accident which occurred approximately 15 months
after the subject collision, this expert opined that it could not
be established that the plaintiffs injuries were causally
related to the collision caused by the defendant. The jury found
for the plaintiff in the amount of $________.