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Plaintiff: Intersection crash aggravated of prior jaw injury





Result type

Not present

head, temporomandibular, TMJ
On Aug. 5, 2009, at approximately 3 pm, plaintiff Dorian Harouni, 16, was in her vehicle on southbound Newcastle Street in Encino when she entered the intersection with Tarzana Avenue and collided with a vehicle operated by Irvin Ward, who was Tarzana Avenue. Harouni claimed an aggravation of a pre-existing jaw injury. Harouni sued Ward for motor vehicle negligence. She claimed that Ward pulled into the intersection from a stop sign on Tarzana Avenue and directly into the path of her vehicle. Thus, she claimed that Ward caused the broadside collision. Ward claimed that Harouni was at fault for the collision, alleging that he merely “inched out” and was struck by Harouni’s oncoming vehicle., Harouni’s airbag had deployed and subsequently caused a facial contusion, consisting of lacerations to her cheek. Paramedics examined her at the scene, but she was not taken to a hospital. Instead, Harouni followed up with her family doctor later that day and underwent X-rays. She claimed the accident caused an exacerbation of her pre-existing internal derangement of the left temporomandibular joint. Harouni subsequently underwent physical therapy and was administered a night guard. Harouni waived all special damages at trial and only asked the jury to award general damages. Defense counsel contended that Harouni had pre-existing TMJ dysfunction with clicking and clenching, and that any jaw complaints were not related to the 2009 accident.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Van Nuys, CA

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