Case Study

T-Bone Car Accident Leads to Turmoil

Car Accident Victim Life Flighted to the Emergency Room
After weeks of painstaking negotiations with Erie, and with the continued effort of attorneys at The Miley Legal Group and with Michelle’s patience, the case settled with $45,000 of disbursements.

The Accident:

T-bone accident image prepared on police report

June 12th of 2020 was seemingly just another day for Jerry and Michelle. However, that was about to be changed quickly.  In the mid-afternoon, a woman named Cara was driving her Honda Civic on US Route 50 and failed to stop at a red light.

Jerry and Michelle had a green light and drove straight through the intersection when, simultaneously, Cara was running the red light. The result was horrific as Cara t-boned Jerry and Michelle’s vehicle, making her completely liable for the collision.

Michelle had to be freed from entrapment by the Fire Department and flown out of the scene to a nearby hospital. Deputy Miller of the Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department reported to the scene and photographed the significant damage to each vehicle, in which one could clearly depict the validity of the claim.

The Injuries:

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As previously stated, Michelle was life-flighted from the scene, so one could conclude her injuries were severe. Her life-threatening injuries resulted in her undergoing surgery to remove her spleen due to a deep gash in her body.

Michelle was finally discharged after 5 days, but she had regular nursing visits from Home Health Care Services for in-home care, which included various educational resources about her injuries, patient evaluations and assessments, and treatment.

A couple of weeks later, on June 23rd, 2020, Michelle had to be rushed back to the emergency room due to an abnormal platelet level. She returned to West Virginia University Hospital for suture/staple removal on June 25th, 2020.

To this day, Ms. Michelle continues to suffer pelvic and abdominal pain. On Monday, July 27th, 2020, Ms. Michelle went to see Dr. Bramer, her orthopedic surgeon, and she has been continuing to see him on a monthly basis to get x-rays taken to monitor whether her fractures are healing.  

The Expenses and Lost Revenue:

Due to this incident, Michelle and her family have missed out on potential revenue and incurred a collection of medical bills.

The medical bills from local medical providers total over $109,000. These medical expenses, coupled with Michelle’s inability to work for 3 to 6 months placed her in a very hard financial situation that required Erie to take full responsibility and settle her claim. 

The Diminished Quality of Life  

Michelle is only 22 years of age and was planning on getting married soon. Her healthy lifestyle and youthful demeanor would have presented her with a pain-free, young adult phase of life. However, she has been robbed of that because of this horrific accident, which occurred on a summer day in June.

Doctors have concluded she has “forever” injuries and is now in constant pain when performing relatively light tasks required of her in daily living. Michelle has yet to have completed her treatments, thus she is not fully covered and this, woefully, is due to a shortcoming of funds because of the limits of available coverage.

To ensure Michelle receives the best quality of life possible, The Miley Legal Group has been persistent in demanding Erie Insurance payment of policy limits in attempts to resolve this debacle.    

The Settlement:

After weeks of painstaking negotiations with Erie, and with the continued effort of attorneys at The Miley Legal Group and with Michelle’s patience, the case settled with $45,000 of disbursements.

Nearly most of that going to assist Michelle so as she can recover some of her finances and continue to receive the medical treatment she may need down the road. 

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