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$________ Rear end collision - Ulnar nerve entrapment - Brachial Plexus injury - Damages only.

Allegheny County (34879)

The female plaintiff, in her 40’s, 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 plaintiff’s car, but argued that the plaintiff’s 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 plaintiff’s 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 plaintiff’s neurologist also opined that there is a possibility that the plaintiff will require future surgery for the nerve entrapment.

The defendant’s orthopedic surgeon testified that the plaintiff’s 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 plaintiff’s injuries were causally related to the collision caused by the defendant. The jury found for the plaintiff in the amount of $________.