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Crash caused memory loss and spinal and eye injuries: plaintiff





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brain, cognition, concussion, head, mental, psychological
At approximately 6 p.m. on March 7, 2011, plaintiff Mark Caliano, a counselor for developmentally disabled children and adults, was driving on northbound Palm Avenue in Orange when he entered the intersection with E. Buena Vista Avenue and was broadsided by a vehicle operated by Jenee Ladonna Morrocco, who was traveling east on E. Buena Vista Avenue. The impact caused Caliano’s vehicle to roll over several times and come to a rest against a wall near a house. He claimed to his head, neck, back and left eye as a result of the crash. Caliano sued Morrocco and the owner of the vehicle, Scott Walter. He alleged that Morrocco was negligent in the operation of the vehicle and that Walter was vicariously liable for negligently entrusting the vehicle to Morrocco. Specifically, Caliano contended that Morrocco failed to stop for a yield sign at the subject intersection. The defendants admitted liability for the accident., Caliano was taken from the scene of the accident by ambulance and brought to an emergency room. He suffered a concussion and claimed soft-tissue strains and sprains to his neck and back. Caliano also claimed that after the crash, he suffered a small “dark spot” in his left eye, which resolved itself over several months. He further claimed that he suffered from memory loss following the accident, which was intermittent and mostly consisted of short-term memory loss. However, he alleged that the condition resolved itself after several months. Caliano treated his neck and back with several months of physical therapy. Thus, Caliano sought recovery of approximately $20,000 in damages for his past medical costs, and an unspecified amount of damages for his past and future pain and suffering.
Superior Court of Orange County, Santa Ana, CA

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