We represented our client in a lawsuit arising from a car accident on Highway 71 (now I-49) near Joplin. Our client was driving to work the morning of the accident, and she was driving the speed limit and was within her traffic lane.
The defendant was speeding and not paying attention. It is believed he had been awake the entire night and was not in an alert condition to operate his car. He rear-ended our client causing her to strike her head rest with significant force and resulting in a rebounding whiplash motion. She suffered severe injuries to her neck and low back as a result of the accident. She was unable to work for approximately two years and she underwent multiple surgeries.
The case had been handled by a different law firm for over two years. The client became unhappy that the case was not moving quickly and we took over the lawsuit. We were able to quickly request and obtain the medical records, hire experts, arrange for experts to testify, and set the case for trial.
Shortly before trial, the defendant and the insurance company decided that they would mediate the case. We were able to settle the case in mediation for $90,000, which covered our client’s lost income and medical expenses.