Motor Vehicle Crash - Chest Injuries, Wrongful Death

Multiple rib fractures, pulmonary contusion leading to respiratory compromise and death
Amount of Award
Plaintiffs’ Lawyer
Marc L. Breakstone
Boston, Massachusetts
Settled before trial
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On August 28, 2009, defendant’s motor vehicle crossed over the center line and struck the vehicle operated by the 83-year-old plaintiff.  Property damage to the vehicles was minimal.  Liability of defendant was never in question.  Defendant claimed that his vehicle slid on a wet roadway.

On impact, the 83-year-old plaintiff struck his chest on the steering wheel.  Plaintiff was admitted to a local hospital with shortness of breath and a diagnosis of multiple rib fractures.  Plaintiff had a history of pulmonary edema.  Within days of the motor vehicle accident, he developed respiratory difficulties which led to acute respiratory distress syndrome.  Plaintiff had to be intubated and began to deteriorate rapidly.  Within nine days of the crash, plaintiff passed away leaving his 83-year-old wife.  Prior to the motor vehicle accident, plaintiff was the sole caregiver for his wife who suffered from advanced dementia.  As a result of plaintiff’s death, his wife had to be placed in an assisted living facility.

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David really cared about me as an individual…and he really cared about seeking the justice that needed to be sought in the case. Peter
Ron got the insurance company to settle for the maximum on the policy. And so as a result of that, my son went back to school. Jeff
Marc just guided us through the whole process. He told us exactly what would happen and how we needed to go about doing everything. Jesenia
I would recommend David…The outcome of my case, I was very pleased with it. I hope I don't have another accident, but if I do we'll be back to see David. Paul
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