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Collision with deputy caused wrist and spinal injuries: plaintiff





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back, cervical, lumbar, neck, sprain, strain, torn, triangular fibrocartilage complex, wrist
On Dec. 24, 2016, plaintiff Amelia Jackson, a hairstylist in her 30s, was driving on Shoup Avenue, near its intersection at 138th Street, in Hawthorne. While she was proceeding through the intersection, her car was broadsided by a marked police vehicle operated by Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Brenda Serna-Rodriguez, who was on duty and had entered the intersection from 138th Street, which was governed by a stop sign. Jackson claimed to her neck, back and a wrist. Jackson sued Serna-Rodriguez and Serna-Rodriguez’s employer, Los Angeles County. Jackson claimed that Serna-Rodriguez was negligent in the operation of her vehicle and that the county was vicariously liable for Serna-Rodriguez’s actions while in the course and scope of her employment. Specifically, Jackson claimed Serna-Rodriguez ran a stop sign, causing the collision. The defendants accepted liability at trial., Jackson suffered a tear of the triangular fibrocartilage complex in her left, non-dominant wrist, and soft tissue sprains and strains in her cervical and lumbar spine. She was placed in an ambulance and transported to Centinela Hospital Medical Center, in Inglewood, where she was treated and released. Jackson initially treated her wrist conservatively, including receiving cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections. However, she ultimately underwent arthroscopic surgery on the wrist and followed up with a course of physical therapy. Jackson also underwent six months of physical therapy to treat her spinal condition. Jackson claimed that her spinal condition eventually resolved, but that she still has occasional pain in her left wrist. She alleged that her wrist pain makes her job more challenging. The plaintiff’s expert hand surgeon opined that Jackson would likely need additional treatment, depending on what types of problems she had in the future. Specifically, the expert opined that Jackson’s future treatment could include physical therapy or arthrograms. Jackson waived her claim for economic damages, and sought recovery of past and future noneconomic damages for her pain and suffering. During closing arguments, plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award Jackson $900,000 in total damages. The defense’s expert hand surgeon opined that Jackson made a good recovery and would not need any future treatment.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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