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Plaintiff claimed accident caused knee and back injuries





Result type

Not present

back, fusion, herniated disc, knee, lumbar, meniscus, right knee, tear
On Feb. 27, 2012, plaintiff Jimmy Sanchez, 63, a security guard, was operating his vehicle on State Route 170, in Hollywood, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle operated by Anatolian Kozlowski. Sanchez claimed to his right knee and back. Sanchez sued Kozlowski and the owner of Kozlowski’s vehicle, his employer, Wacold Inc. (which was doing business as Imperial Air Conditioning). Sanchez alleged that Kozlowski was negligent in the operation of his vehicle and that Wacold Inc. was vicariously liable for Kozlowski’s actions. Sanchez’s daughter and son-in-law, Luningning Loop and Timothy Loop, respectively, were originally named as plaintiffs in the case, but their claims were resolved prior to trial. In addition, Kozlowski was dismissed from the case before trial. Thus, the matter proceeded to trial with Sanchez’s claims against Wacold Inc. only Wacold Inc. conceded liability., Sanchez claimed he injured his right knee and lower back in the accident. He subsequently went to an urgent care facility later that day. He claimed he sustained anterior and posterior meniscal tears of his right knee, as well as a fractured bone fragment. He also claimed he sustained a herniated disc at L4-5. Sanchez treated his conservatively, but ultimately underwent meniscectomies to treat the knee tears in June 2012. He then underwent a lumbar fusion at L4-5 in August 2012. Sanchez is now retired and currently has no continuing problems. However, he claimed that he will probably require a total right knee replacement in the future. Defense counsel argued that Sanchez’s alleged were not caused by the subject rear-end accident, but were all pre-existing.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Van Nuys, CA

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