A Truck Accident Victim Gets the Help She Needs After a Head-on Collision: Tamara’s Story
A Head-On Collision Changes Tamara’s Life Forever
On an unremarkable February morning, Tamara entered the intersection of Cottage Hill Road and Lakeside Drive in Mobile, Alabama. Suddenly, a massive construction truck pulled into the intersection, turned left, and hit her 1998 Buick Century head-on.
While the construction vehicle’s driver admitted he was at fault for the crash, this admission didn’t help Tamara. She suffered severe injuries in the head-on collision, and emergency responders rushed her to the hospital for immediate care.
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Tamara’s Injuries Require a Stay in the ICU and Multiple Surgeries
When she got to the ER, Tamara’s doctors diagnosed her with a variety of serious injuries, including:
- Concussion with loss of consciousness
- Broken bones in her arm (humerus and ulna)
- Fractured breastbone (sternum)
- Multiple broken ribs
- Broken left leg
- Fractured collarbone (clavicle)
- A series of fractured bones in her spine
- Collapsed and bruised lung
- Post-traumatic pulmonary insufficiency
- Abrasions over most of her body
These conditions required numerous surgeries as well as treatment from trauma doctors, orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, and plastic surgeons.
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To make matters worse, Tamara developed a rare condition called a Morel-Lavallée lesion. This condition occurs when trauma violently separates your skin and tissues from the underlying muscle while the skin itself remains intact. It is sometimes referred to as a “closed degloving.” Over time, fluid and dying tissue build up in the injured area, and the condition can be life-threatening if not quickly diagnosed.
Thankfully, doctors quickly identified Tamara’s lesion, but treating the condition required more surgeries as well as the insertion of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line and several drains of her leg.
Tamara’s injuries left her severely disabled and limited her ability to bathe herself or tend to her personal needs. She had to move back in with her mother, and every time she looked in the mirror, her appearance reminded her of the wreck. Overwhelmed by pain, medical bills, and worry, Tamara turned to Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys for help.
Aggressive Strategies and a Careful Investigation Lead to a Multimillion-Dollar Settlement
The team at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys knew that Tamara’s case required a detailed investigation and insight from specialists. They consulted with numerous experts, including a life care planner, an economic expert, a nurse consultant, a forensic engineer who created simulations of the collision, and other witnesses.
However, this was only the beginning of the Andy Citrin team’s strategy. The attorneys uncovered the at-fault driver’s criminal record and explored how his medications might have interacted to affect his driving. Tamara’s legal team took depositions, or testimony under oath, from multiple doctors, witnesses, experts, and representatives from the driver’s construction company. They even hired a focus group to help craft arguments that would resonate with a jury.
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All the Andy Citrin team’s hard work paid off. After intense negotiations, the construction company and its insurer agreed to a $3.5 million settlement. This settlement helped Tamara focus on her recovery without the stress of trying to pay for the enormous costs of her injuries.
“Tamara went through a lot during and after her car accident,” says Andy Citrin. “Cases like Tamara’s are the reason why we prepare every case as if it’s going to trial from day one. We were honored to represent her in her complex claims and thrilled with the final result.”
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