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Bus’s driver failed to yield, injured pedestrian claimed





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depression, emotional distress, face, facial laceration, fracture, hip, knee, knee ankle, leg, mental, nose, psychological
On Sept. 19, 2017, plaintiff Mary Reh, 61, a homemaker, was walking in a marked crosswalk in La Verne when she was struck by a school bus operated by Rose Orozcomedina. Reh suffered of an ankle, her face, a foot, a hip, a knee, a leg and her pelvis. Reh sued Orozcomedina and Orozcomedina’s employer, the Bonita Unified School District. Reh alleged that Orozcomedina was negligent in the operation of the school bus and that the school district was vicariously liable for Orozcomedina’s actions. The county of Los Angeles, and the cities of San Dimas and La Verne were initially named as defendants, but they were ultimately dismissed from the case. The matter only continued against Orozcomedina and the school district. Reh’s counsel contended that Orozcomedina made a left turn, causing the bus to enter the crosswalk, and that Orozcomedina failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. Orozcomedina claimed that she did not see Reh before the collision., Reh sustained fractures of the left hip, the pelvis and left tibia. She also sustained crush of the left knee and left ankle, as well as facial lacerations. She was immediately taken to a hospital, where she received 10 to 20 stitches to treat her facial lacerations. Reh also underwent an attempted fixation of her left ankle, but she eventually had to undergo an ankle replacement. She also ultimately underwent a left knee replacement. However, both the knee and ankle replacements had complications, and Reh required further revisions. Reh claimed that she is now limited in walking and has to use a walker or a wheelchair for her outings. She also claimed that she suffers emotional distress and depression as a result of the accident. In addition, Reh claimed that she may need possible future replacements of her ankle and knee. Reh sought recovery of past and future medical costs, and damages for her past and future pain and suffering. Her husband, Kim Reh, presented a derivative claim seeking recovery of $350,000 for his loss of consortium.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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