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Motorcyclist paralyzed due to car’s unsafe U-turn, suit alleged





Result type

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blunt force trauma to the head, brain, brain damage, brain injury, head, paralysis, subarachnoid hemorrhage
On Aug. 25, 2007, at approximately 3:45 p.m., plaintiff James Granger, 54, a truck driver, was riding his 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle on northbound Santa Teresa Boulevard, in Gilroy, when he collided with a 2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG operated by Steve Lagomarsino, who was attempting a U-turn in front of Granger at about 532 feet south of the intersection with Whiskey Hill Lane. Granger was sustained a head injury and was paralyzed. Heidi Ransbottom, acting as Granger’s guardian ad litem, sued Lagomarsino alleging the defendant was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. Plaintiff’s counsel contended that Lagomarsino was driving in front of Granger on northbound Santa Teresa Boulevard when Lagomarsino suddenly slowed his vehicle and, without signaling his intentions, made an unsafe U-turn. Counsel contended that as a result, Granger collided with Lagomarsino’s vehicle. Lagomarsino denied liability, claiming that Granger was attempting to pass him on the right as he was slowing to make his turn. Thus, he claimed that Granger was inattentive to his signal., Granger sustained blunt force trauma to his head, resulting in a subarachnoid hemorrhage. As a result, he suffered permanent brain damage. Granger was also sustained multiple other severe permanent and was rendered a paraplegic. Plaintiff’s counsel contended that Granger’s past medical expenses totaled $1,921,330.48 (pre-Howell), of which $518,476.70 was paid by Medicare and $33,720.75 was paid by DCHS Medical Foundation. Counsel also contended that Granger’s future medical expenses totaled $11 million. Granger’s future wage loss was not finalized, but plaintiff’s counsel claimed that Granger was unemployable in any capacity.
Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Santa Clara, CA

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