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Broadside crash caused permanent back injuries, plaintiff claimed





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back, bulging disc, lumbar
On March 16, 2013, plaintiff Sebastian Mego, 24, a singer/dancer, was driving on Gower Street, in Hollywood, when his car was broadsided by a vehicle operated by Anca Stefanescu, who was exiting a private driveway. Mego claimed to his back. Mego sued Stefanescu, alleging the defendant was negligent in the operation of her vehicle. Specifically, Mego claimed Stefanescu failed to yield to traffic before entering a street from a private driveway, which was perpendicular to the road, causing her to broadside his vehicle. Stefanescu initially disputed Mego’s version of how the accident occurred, claiming that she had already exited her driveway and was stopped waiting at a traffic light when Mego’s vehicle hit her vehicle. However, she did not dispute liability at trial., Mego first treated for back pain with a medical provider in April 2013 and then did not treat with a medical provider again until July 2014. He then underwent MRIs in August 2014. Mego claimed the MRIs showed a 2-millimeter disc bulge at the L4-5 level and 2-millimeter disc bulge at the L5-S1 level. He claimed the bulging discs were a result of the collision. In October 2014, Mego underwent epidural and facet injections, but he claimed they provided little relief. Thus, Mego sought recovery of $8,971.61 for the cost of repair of his vehicle, approximately $18,500 for past medical costs, and approximately $30,000 for future medical costs. He also sought recovery of damages for his past and future pain and suffering. However, according to defense counsel, Mego also sought recovery of $25,000 for a stem cell transfer and $250,000 for a future back surgery. Defense counsel noted that police were called after the accident, but they did not go to the scene, as no one appeared to be hurt at the time. Counsel also noted that Mego did not present to an urgent care facility after the accident and only first sought treatment approximately one month later. Thus, counsel argued that Mego’s alleged were not caused by the accident. Defense counsel also disputed the cost of repairs to the Mego’s vehicle and the amount of future damages alleged by the Mego. Counsel contended that even though Mego only underwent epidural and transforaminal injections one week before trial, Mego claimed he will suffer back pain for the rest of his life. However, testimony from the defense’s expert orthopedic surgeon was excluded by a motion in limine that was granted by Judge Anthony Mohr. Thus, defense counsel argued that Mego’s damages should be limited to $5,631.57 for the actual cost of repair to Mego’s vehicle.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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