Our client was driving on Route 20 in Marlborough when the defendant, who was traveling in the opposite direction, crossed over into her lane of travel and hit her head-on. Rescuers resorted to the jaws of life to extricate her from the remains of her vehicle.
She was immediately transported to the trauma unit at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester. Doctors determined the injury to her left ankle put her at risk of losing her leg by amputation. She underwent open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery and began a long road of physical therapy.
Our client suffered numerous complications and adverse effects as a result of this accident. Unable to stand for any significant period of time, she lost her job as a chef. Her orthopedist determined that she had a fifteen percent whole-person impairment as a result of her injury, with a possibility of further leg-bone necrosis in the future.
Her medical bills and lost wages exceeded $100,000. The offer from the defense was low, only $30,000.00.
As our client was an undocumented immigrant, she was nervous her involvement in a legal case would lead to her deportation. We were able to calm her fears and the case ultimately went to trial.
After a three-day trial, the Middlesex County Superior Court jury came back with an award of $389,000–plus interest.