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Pedestrian pinned by vehicle required leg amputation





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fractures of right, left tibia, legs
On June 19, 2014, plaintiff Juan Lezo, 29, a tree trimmer, was feeding branches into a wood chipper while working on the edge of a roadway at the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Bancroft Avenue, in Los Angeles, when a vehicle driven by Frances Wong struck him. Lezo sustained two fractured legs and he was pinned between Wong’s vehicle and the wood chipper. His left leg ultimately had to be surgically amputated below the knee. Lezo sued Wong, alleging that Wong was negligent in the operation of her vehicle. Wong claimed that she did not see Lezo or the wood chipper until the impact., Lezo sustained fractures of both his right and left tibia. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to a local emergency room. Lezo underwent open reduction and internal fixation to repair the fractures. However, it was ultimately determined that his left leg had sustained severe nerve damage, requiring a below-the-knee leg amputation. Lezo claimed that he now has limitations with walking and performing activities of daily living. He also claimed that he was unable to work as a result of his limitations. Thus, Lezo sought recovery for his past and future medical costs, and past and future loss of earnings. He also sought recovery of damages for his past and future pain and suffering. Defense counsel did not actively dispute the issue of Lezo’s damages.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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