Case details

Broadside collision caused injuries, claimants alleged





Result type

Not present

brain, brain injury, concussion, head, neck
On Dec. 22, 2019, claimant Charles Atkins was driving on West Valencia Mesa Drive, in Fullerton, with claimant Jeffrey Atkins, 30, as a rear-seat passenger and Jeffrey Atkins’ maternal grandmother, claimant Helen Takata, 86, as a front seat passenger. As their midsize vehicle entered the intersection with Euclid Street, it was broadsided by a compact vehicle operated by Armando Rodarte, who was traveling north on Euclid Street. Charles Atkins claimed to his shoulder, Jeffrey Atkins claimed to his head, and Takata claimed to her neck and left shoulder. Charles Atkins, Jeffrey Atkins and Takata filed a claim with Rodarte’s insurer, Allstate Indemnity Co., alleging that Rodarte was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. The claimants that Rodarte dropped his phone charger on the floor of his vehicle and went to pick it up, taking his eyes of the road prior to the crash. They claimed that as a result, Rodarte ran a red light at the intersection with West Valencia Mesa Drive, causing the broadside collision., Charles Atkins claimed that he suffered from minor shoulder pain as a result of the accident. He claimed he does not require future medical care. Jeffrey Atkins immediately lost consciousness and was emergently taken by ambulance to UCI Medical Center, in Orange. He did not completely regain consciousness until arriving at the hospital. He was diagnosed with a concussion and a laceration to his scalp. He claimed he did not need future medical care. Takata claimed that she suffered from neck and left shoulder pain, which required physical therapy. She claimed that she continued undergoing physical therapy treatment until she was unable to continue attending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Takata claimed that she needs some future physical therapy, but that she had generally recovered.
Matter not filed, CA

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