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Plaintiff: Crash caused injuries to head, spine, arm and leg





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arm, back, head, leg, memory loss, neck, pain, soft-tissue injuries
On Oct. 6, 2012, plaintiff Alison Anderson, 55, a part-time worker, was driving on northbound Ruth Drive, in Newbury Park, when the left, front corner of her vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Olivia Johnson, who was turning left into the driveway of her home from southbound Ruth Drive. The force of the collision caused Anderson’s vehicle to deflect off of Johnson’s vehicle and rear-end a nearby-parked van. Anderson claimed to her head, neck, back, arm and leg. Anderson sued Johnson, alleging that Johnson was negligent in the operation of her vehicle. Specifically, Anderson contended that Johnson failed to yield the right of way. Defense counsel disputed liability, and argued that Anderson caused the accident by speeding and being inattentive. Plaintiff’s counsel noted that the house across from Johnson’s home had a video camera that recorded the collision. However, one week after the accident, the video could not be located., Anderson’s head hit the driver’s side window during the accident. She went home after the crash and then had a friend drive her to a hospital. Anderson claimed that the blunt force trauma to her head caused a concussion. She claimed soft-tissue sprains and strains to her neck and back; her left, non-dominant arm; and left leg. She also suffered bruising. Anderson underwent emergency care at the hospital, followed by acupuncture and then chiropractic care. Anderson claimed she suffered residual, minor aches and pains, and some memory loss. She also claimed that she could no longer continue with her part-time job, that it was hard for her to get around, and that her normal daily activities were impacted. Thus, Anderson sought recovery of $15,000 in past medical costs, and an unspecified amount for her past and future loss of earnings. She also sought recovery of damages for her past and future pain and suffering. The defense’s neurosurgery and otolaryngology experts both opined that Anderson simply sustained soft-tissue that should have resolved.
Superior Court of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

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