Distracted Driver Case – Awarded $865,000 in Austin, Texas

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A plaintiff was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on May 1, 2013, when a driver, who was texting & driving, hit the bicyclist. The accident resulted in the plaintiff suffering serious neck, mid-back, and low back injuries. He also sustained a head injury despite wearing a helmet.

The plaintiff was a 58-year old married male who had obtained his Masters of Business Administration. At the time of his bicycle accident, which was caused by a distracted driver, he was employed as a Sales Engineer.

After the accident, he returned to work after his hospitalization and two surgeries.

The plaintiff indicated experiencing headache and neck, mid-back, low back, and bilateral hip pain on sitting at work for more than an hour. He reported his pain affected his concentration at work.

Mr. Edmond Provder, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from Occupational Assessment Services, was retained to perform an Employability Evaluation. Mr Provder also testified at trial that the plaintiff would continue to have difficulty performing his current occupation as a Sales Engineer because he had sustained a Secondary Work Limitation resulting in about a 10% diminution of earning capacity over his work life.

The loss of earning capacity totaled $310,514 which was instrumental in the jury awarding a substantial amount at trial.

Occupational Assessment Services has been involved as Vocational Experts and Life Care Planners in some of the largest verdicts in the United States, including Escobar vs the State of New Jersey which received a verdict of $166,000,000 and Verni vs Aramark which received a $105,000,000 verdict.

With the use of the OAS Vocational and Life Care Plan Experts’ comprehensive reports and services, these large verdicts may not have been achieved.

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