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Tractor Trailer Accident Injury Dispute

Type of Action: Tractor-trailer rear-end collision
Injuries Alleged: Herniated thoracic disk
Name of Case: Confidential
Court: Norfolk Circuit Court
Verdict Date: March 19, 2009
Name of Judge: Everett Martin
Verdict/Settlement: Settlement
Amount: $400,000
Special Damages: $21,500 medical bills and $60,000 in lost wages
Plaintiff’s Attorney: O.L. “Buzz” Gilbert, Norfolk

Plaintiff, a long distance truck driver, was rear-ended by another tractor trailer on Interstate 64 in Norfolk. He sustained a herniated thoracic disk. Plaintiff’s treating physician opined that he needed surgery. The defendant hired an expert neurosurgeon who had believed that the plaintiff did not require surgery.