Trial Attorneys Craig D. Brown and Lauren E. Edmunds recently obtained a settlement of $412,500.00 for an elderly woman injured in an auto crash after the ambulance she was being transported in was hit by a drunk driver.
In August of 2020, 79-year-old Ruth was being transported in the back of an ambulance when it was struck head-on by a drunk driver. The force of the impact caused Ruth to fall off the stretcher and hit her head on the floor of the ambulance, leading to a closed head injury. Complicating factors surrounding her head injury precipitated Ruth to suffer a subsequent stroke. The combined effects of the head injury and stroke led to permanent and severe short-term memory loss that now prevents Ruth from taking care of herself as she could prior to the collision.
Tragically, three passengers, including the drunk driver, died in the car crash. Therefore, Ruth was seemingly prevented from recovering for her injuries due to the fact that the drunk driver’s insurance proceeds were limited and would likely go to the families of the deceased.
After retaining Meyers & Flowers, Mr. Brown and Ms. Edmunds completed a thorough investigation of all available insurance coverage and ultimately determined that the ambulance company’s underinsured motorist coverage was Ruth’s best option for recovery of compensation.
However, the ambulance company alleged that Ruth did not suffer any head injury or cognitive decline because of the collision and initially refused to make a reasonable settlement offer.
In response, Mr. Brown and Ms. Edmunds retained several consulting experts, all of whom agreed not only that Ruth suffered a closed head injury, but also confirmed that Ruth’s cognitive decline was a result of the crash. After protracted settlement negotiations, our attorneys were able to secure a settlement of $412,500.00 to help Ruth pay for continued medical care.
“It was my privilege and honor to help Ruth and her family navigate the legal process during these challenging times,” said Ms. Edmunds. “While this settlement will not restore Ruth’s memories or erase her pain and suffering, I am hopeful this resolution will assist Ruth’s family in providing her with the best care available.”
“We could not have found better support, advocacy, and expertise than we found in the good people and excellent attorneys of Meyers & Flowers,” said Thomas, Ruth’s son. “From the point of our initial call to the moment of an outcome that exceeded our expectations, the firm consistently delivered frequent, reliable communication and genuine interest in achieving the best outcome possible. We sincerely appreciated that the firm took measures to expedite the progress of the case. As a result of their work, we can provide support to our mother beyond what we imagined.”