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Plaintiff claimed collision caused wrist and hip injuries





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scapholunate ligament, tear shoulder, wrist
On Nov. 23, 2016, plaintiff Stephen Brown, 62, a musician, was driving in Encinitas when his vehicle was struck by a reversing vehicle operated by Aneesh Singhal, who was backing out of a driveway onto the roadway. Brown claimed to his right shoulder, right hip and right wrist. Brown sued Singhal, alleging that Singhal was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. Singhal admitted liability for the accident., Brown claimed he sustained a partial ligamentous tear of the scaphoid lunate in his right wrist and a labrum tear to his right shoulder. He also claimed he suffered sacroiliitis of his right hip. Brown eventually presented for medical care after the collision. He complained of pain in his right wrist, and he ultimately underwent a right wrist arthroscopy with a dorsal capsular debridement and thermal collagen shrinkage of scapholunate interosseous ligament tear, and a partial synovectomy. He also underwent bilateral sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation on his right hip. Brown claimed he did not need any future care for his wrist. However, he claimed he will require future radiofrequency ablations to his hip. Brown sought recovery of $56,764.04 in past medical costs and $22,238.20 to $44,476.40 in future medical costs. He also sought recovery of damages for his past and future pain and suffering. During closing, plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award Brown $1,928,087.29 in total damages. The defense’s medical expert testified that because he did not believe Brown had complained of pain to his right wrist or right hip within three weeks of the collision, Brown’s right wrist and right hip were likely not caused by the incident.
Superior Court of San Diego County, San Diego, CA

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