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$________ Motor vehicle negligence - Intersection collision - Defendant drives through stop sign at 40 miles per hour - Cervical fusion and lumbar fusion - Lost wages.

Orange County, California

The plaintiff contended the defendant in this motor vehicle negligence case sped through a stop sign, impacting her vehicle at 40 miles per hour and causing injury to her neck and back requiring a cervical fusion and a lumbar fusion. The defendant claimed the plaintiff’s neck injury was preexisting, that her neck surgery was unnecessary and that the plaintiff’s $________ medical treatment lien was markedly excessive and should have totaled approximately $________.

The accident occurred on March 4, ________ at approximately 7:00 p.m., on the main thoroughfare through the Vista del Verde residential community. The plaintiff was proceeding southbound when the defendant approached the stop sign at the intersection. The plaintiff claimed the defendant failed to stop and entered the intersection violently, impacting her vehicle on the driver’s side. The plaintiff’s vehicle spun multiple times and came to rest at a median. The defendant claimed he was traveling within the 25 mile per hour speed limit.

The defendant argued the plaintiff had access to Medicare and had health insurance, but instead chose to get medical treatment on a lien at full value. The defendant claimed the actual value of the plaintiff’s treatment was a little more than $________. Had this case gone to trial, the plaintiff was prepared to introduce expert testimony from a healthcare financial consultant regarding the full value of the plaintiff’s treatment.

The plaintiff, a 68-year-old interior decorator, additionally claimed $________ in lost earnings and demanded $1.1 million. The defendant initially offered $________ and the case settled at mediation for $________. Additional settlements sums were previously contributed by the defendant.

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