Commercial vehicle collision with minor results in hearing loss
Type of Case: Commercial vehicle accident
Accident Location: Virginia Beach
Personal injury attorney Edwin Booth handled a collision involving a commercial vehicle that struck a car in which a minor was an occupant.
Commercial vehicles are not just tractor-trailers, generally speaking, any vehicle that is operated by a business is covered by a commercial insurance policy.
In this case, and because of the concern for the identity of minors, the names of the parties will not be revealed. Although liability was relatively straightforward in this case damages were hotly contested. The injuries alleged were hearing loss, which can happen in a motor vehicle collision although it is uncommon. This type of injury, as opposed to a broken bone or something that is straightforward and easily diagnosed following the collision, is more difficult to prove.
Here, in this case, personal injury attorney Edwin Booth retained the services of a well-respected pediatric physician who specialized in treatment of hearing loss. The opinions of that physician turned out to be extremely important in the case. As is often true, the defense also obtained a physician to serve as an expert witness, who had a very different opinion. The question then became: which expert opinion is more likely correct?
Following preparation of the case for trial, it was settled at a mediation in federal court for a substantial figure, which will remain confidential.