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T-Bone Crash Results in $2 Million Settlement

Type of action: Negligence
Injuries alleged: Multiple orthopaedic injuries
Name of case: Confidential
Court/county: Wake County Superior Court
Case no.: Confidential
Tried before: Pre-trial settlement
Verdict/settlement: $2.03 million
Experts: Certified life care planner
Insurer: Confidential
Plaintiff’s attorneys: Ben Whitley & Bob Whitley
Person Submitting: Confidential
Description: A 35-year-old Wake County woman obtained a settlement of $2 million after a driver caused a T-bone collision while trying to overcorrect on a curve. The plaintiff, a mother of several small children, was left with numerous injuries including broken ribs, a fractured femur, a shattered spleen, renal laceration, internal bruising, and a fractured clavicle, all of which made her life more difficult.

Although the plaintiff’s attorney, Benjamin Whitley, hoped to avoid litigation, the threat of litigation proved necessary when the defendants failed to offer the full policy limits during the initial settlement discussion. Eventually, however, the plaintiff recovered the limits of two excess liability policies in addition to the primary liability policy.