$8,000,000 Verdict for Rock Musician Who Suffered Severe Knee Injuries in Rear-End Collision

Our client, a famous rock musician, was traveling with his band in the van they used to travel to gigs when they were rear-ended by a second vehicle. Our client was thrown from the van, lost consciousness, and tore multiple ligaments in both knees. He underwent multiple surgeries for his injuries and is expected to undergo a total knee replacement within 10 years of the accident, as well as revision surgeries every 10 years afterwards.

Court and County
Supreme Kings

Age and Occupation of Plaintiff
31-year-old rock musician

Description of Case
Our client, an actively touring musician, was going westbound on I-90 in the van he and his band used to travel to gigs. The van was driving with its warning lights flashing when a second vehicle struck them in the rear. This impact was very forceful and our client was thrown from the van, causing him to lose consciousness.

The police report of the incident cited defective brakes on the part of the Defendant as a contributing cause to the accident. It was later determined that our client had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Injuries and Damages
Our client sustained multiple herniated discs in his back, severe injuries to both knees, and a litany of other injuries:

  • Two fractured ribs
  • Torn right supraspinatus tendon
  • Disc herniations from L3-S1
  • Torn right meniscus
  • Torn ACL, LCL and meniscus in left knee
  • 33% loss of forward flexion in lumbar spine

In the aftermath of the accident, doctors prescribed a course of epidural steroid injections to see if surgery could be avoided. He was also put on multiple prescription medications, including Percocet.

The combination of injections, medications and physical therapy proved ineffective, however, and he eventually required laminectomy surgery at L5/S1. Surgery was also required to repair the multiple torn ligaments in our client's left knee.

A claim was also made for significant future medical costs. This stemmed primarily from the fact that a doctor testified our client would likely require a total knee replacement in the following 5-10 years, as well as multiple revision surgeries after that.

Verdict Amount
$8,000,000

Handling Attorneys
This case was tried to verdict by Daniel P. O'Toole.

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