Jury awards man seriously injured in rear-end car accident $395K

A Florida jury has awarded Lou Sink, 50, $395,000 in damages after his car was rear-ended by an SUV driven by Andrea Derantany, leaving Sink with serious injuries.

Sink suffered multiple injuries in the car accident including fractured ribs and a spinal fracture and rupture. He had to undergo fusion surgery, a laminectomy and his recovery included six months of physical therapy.

Even after the surgeries and therapy, Sink still suffer pains and he has limited range-of-motion.

Sink filed suit against Deratany claiming her negligence caused the accident. He also filed suit against Deratany’s spouse because he was owner of the SUV.

The jury awarded Sink $395,000. His medical bills were $180,000.

Defense attorneys have asked for a new trail and a “remittitur” which is a legal term asking the judge to reduce or throw out a jury’s verdict.

Sink’s injuries are typical of a rear-end car accident. Even at moderate speeds, drivers can experience whiplash or a more severe and permanent injury such as a disk herniation.

Often laymen refer to these kind of injuries as “whiplash“. Whiplash is not a medical diagnosis but it describes what happens when there is a hyperflexion/hyperextension injury. In Mr. Sink’s case, he suffered a thoracic fracture which is an injury to the middle segment of the vertebral column.

Whiplash injuries can occur in any type of car accident but they most often occur in rear-end collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS) estimates that approximately 800,000 suffer a whiplash injuries every year and about 33% of these were from rear-end accidents.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who suffered serious injuries due to car accidents including whiplash. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

Case Citation: Sink v. Deratany, No. 05-2010-CA-010370 (Fla., Brevard Co. Cir. Apr. 13, 2011).

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