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Motorcyclist fractured left foot in U-turn accident




Mediated Settlement

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Not present

left foot, right arm
On the morning of Sept. 22, 2011, at approximately 6:45 a.m., plaintiff Karl Schott, a gold trader in his 50s, was riding his motorcycle on southbound Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles when he crashed into the driver side of a vehicle operated by Judy Rosenthal, who was attempting a U-turn mid-block. Rosenthal was stopped in front of her home when she attempted the U-turn from Schott’s right side. Schott claimed to his left foot and right arm. Schott sued Rosenthal, alleging the defendant was negligent in the operation of her vehicle. Schott contended that Rosenthal attempted an illegal U-turn, which caused him to crash into her vehicle that came directly into his path of travel. Rosenthal admitted liability for the accident., Schott was taken by ambulance to an emergency room, where he was diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. He subsequently underwent open reduction and internal fixation surgery with the insertion of two screws on the date of the accident. Schott claimed he also suffered ulnar nerve damage in his right arm, for which he underwent a subcutaneous transfer in 2012. He later underwent surgery to remove the two screws from his left foot in 2013 and received three months of physical therapy during his recovery. Schott claimed he is mostly healed from his , with only some minor residual pain and discomfort. He alleged he missed four months of work following the accident and has since left the field of gold trading to become a ranch manager. He also alleged he intends to start his own financial consulting business in the future. Thus, Schott sought recovery of $70,975 in past medical costs, $67,000 in past lost earnings, and $35,000 in future lost earnings (while he starts his consulting business). He also sought recovery of damages for his pain and suffering.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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