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Woman struck by car, claimed injuries of brain and neck





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brain, brain injury, cervical, cognition, head, headaches, impairment, mental, neck, psychological, sprain, traumatic brain injury
On Feb. 2, 2016, plaintiff Obdulia Morales, a line cook in her 40s, was struck by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred near an intersection in Fullerton. Morales claimed that she suffered of her head and her neck. Morales sued the vehicle’s driver, Jefferey Harris. Morales alleged that Harris was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. Morales claimed that Harris was looking left to check for oncoming traffic while attempting a right turn and that Harris did not see her as he made the turn. Harris claimed that Morales was crossing outside of an unmarked crosswalk., Morales claimed she sustained a traumatic brain injury and a neck sprain. She was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. She began chiropractic treatment and physical therapy about one month later, and she ultimately received an epidural injection. Morales claimed that she suffers dizziness, cognitive deficits, headaches and balance issues that will last the remainder of her life. She also claimed that she will require future treatment on her neck, including the possibility of additional epidural injections and cervical fusion. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award Morales between $3 million and $10 million in total damages, inclusive of past and future medical costs, and damages for her past and future pain and suffering. Defense counsel contested the nature and extent of Morales’ alleged , arguing that Morales did not sustain a brain injury and that Morales waited one month after the initial hospital visit before treating her alleged neck injury. Counsel contended that Morales may have sustained a minor neck injury, but argued that it would have resolved with conservative chiropractic treatment.
Superior Court of Orange County, Orange, CA

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