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Every case is different and every client requires a unique approach to each case. The following results should not be taken as promises or used to expect a certain outcome of your case. However, our case results do demonstrate what our firm is capable of. From the first few moments of your initial consultation, all to the way to the verdict or settlement stage, we do everything in our power in achieve for you the most possible compensation.
    • Automobile Accident – Northern Neck, Virginia - Auto Accident $900,000.00

      Vaden Warren represented a client who was injured as a passenger in an automobile accident in Lancaster County. The driver failed to stop at a stop sign, and the vehicle was hit by another car on the passenger side, directly where the client was seated.

      After the collision, the client was admitted to Rappahannock General Hospital and treated for broken ribs, multiple fractures to the pelvis, and a collapsed lung. The client remained in the hospital for 11 days after which he was transferred to Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital for occupational and physical therapy.

      As a result of the fractured pelvis, the client experienced continuous, sharp pain in the pelvis and upper leg area due to the narrowing of the openings through which nerve roots travel to the left leg. As there were no surgical solutions and traditional nerve block injections had little effect, the client had trouble sitting or standing for longer than 20-30 minutes at a time. Requiring the assistance of walker or cane at home and a wheelchair for community mobility, the client was unable to return to work as an assistant carpenter with a contractor in the Northern Neck.

      After a failed mediation, the case went to trial, and a jury awarded the client $900,000 for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and future lost wages.

    • Tractor Trailer Accident- Augusta County, Virginia - Tractor Trailer Accident $720,000.00

      This accident occurred in Augusta County, Virginia, in which our client was a front seat passenger in a vehicle operated by his friend. They were stopped behind a tractor trailer on 1-85 due to an overturned pickup truck when they were struck by a second tractor trailer that collided with the passenger side of our client’s vehicle. Both the driver and our client ultimately died from their injuries.

      The wife of our client qualified as the administrator of her husband’s estate and we filed suit against both the driver of our client’s vehicle and the driver of the tractor trailer. Since both drivers may have had exposure for some portion of liability, we always file suit against anyone who may have contributed, even partially, to an accident to ensure that all available insurance coverage comes into play.

      Once the lawsuit was filed, there were multiple pleadings and hearings filed to consolidate both our client’s case and the driver of our client’s vehicle counterclaim lawsuit. Consolidating cases in which one of the parties is a defendant can cause confusion for a jury. It can also lead to one case piggybacking on the other for experts and costs. Although we did not convince the judge that these two cases needed to be heard separately, we were successful in getting our case settled.

      We were able to resolve this case for the significant sum of $720,000.

    • Drag Racing Causes Serious Personal Injury in Harrisonbury, VA - Auto Accident $450,000.00

      Our client was involved in a serious collision that occurred in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She was driving down E. Market Street with two other passengers. Two other vehicles were drag racing on the opposite side of the street when one of the drivers lost control and crossed over the double yellow lines and caused the collision. Our client suffered a collapsed lung, two aorta tears, facial cuts, one lower and upper arm laceration, spleen and kidney removal requiring forty-eight (48) staples, contusions and bruises to the left side of her body and left thigh, tear/laceration in her colon and pancreatitis as a result of the injury and liver laceration. A lawsuit was filed in Rockingham County. This case was settled before trial for $450,000.

    • Automobile Accident - Charlottesville, Virginia - Auto Accident $250,000.00

      Vaden Warren represented a client who was seriously injured in a car accident in the City of Charlottesville, Virginia on July 10, 2006 at the intersection of Zan Road and Seminole Trail.

      The client was traveling as a passenger in a 1997 Dodge Intrepid when the driver failed to stop in time and collided with a vehicle slowing down in traffic. The driver of the Intrepid in which the client was a passenger was uninsured at the time of the collision. The defendant was charged with “following too closely” as was listed on the accident report.

      The client was immediately transported by ambulance to the University of Virginia Hospital where she received a series of x-rays which indicated a fracture to the left lateral malleolus, distal tibia, and lateral process of the talus, as well as a fracture to the left wrist. The client was hospitalized for several days and placed in a nursing home to recuperate from her injuries. Surgery was scheduled for July 17, 2006 to repair damage to the client’s left ankle. Immediately after, the client had surgery to repair the fracture to her wrist.

      The client’s recovery process was long and slow. The wounds did not heal as expected and doctors recommended aggressive physical therapy to address range of motion issues post-surgery. The client was still in need of a wheelchair six months after surgery to the ankle, and the surgeon worried about the possibility of a non-union, therefore recommending a second surgery. The client was hesitant about a second surgery and turned down the procedure. Although doctors were still worried about a non-union, the client was asymptomatic by May of 2007.

      The case was settled for $250,000.

    • Automobile Accident- Buckingham, Virginia - Auto Accident $231,362.03

      Our client was injured in a collision on Route 15 in the County of Buckingham, Virginia. At the time of the incident, our client was operating a County of Buckingham School vehicle when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle that drove across the center lane.

      He sustained a comminuted fracture of the left acetabula in his left leg, a nondisplaced fracture in his right ankle, a laceration on his left hand, rib fractures, facial lacerations including eye lacerations, left eye orbital fracture, and a celiac artery occlusion, including back and neck pain. His lacerations were sutered and he was admitted overnight. He was given pain medication upon discharge and was told to schedule a follow up with his primary care physician as necessary. His fractures were treated non-operatively.

      He incurred a total of over $60,000 in medical expenses as a result of this accident. He further incurred over $6,000 in lost wages.

      This case was ultimately settled for $231,362.03. It took several exchanges and requests for reduction on the workers’ compensation lien, but we were able to resolve the case to the satisfaction of our client.

    • Automobile Accident – Culpeper, Virginia - Auto Accident $226,000.00

      Vaden Warren represented a 12-year-old female who was injured in a head-on automobile accident with a man who, while attempting to pass another vehicle, crossed a double solid line, stayed in the wrong lane for over 15 seconds and approached a blind hill. He did not see the vehicle the client was riding in, resulting in a high speed crash.

      The young client was riding in the back seat of the vehicle. Her aunt and cousin in the front were killed in the wreck. The client experienced blurred vision, a swollen eye, headaches and dizziness among other symptoms associated with the accident. Her main injury was a 10cm laceration to her forehead, extending down over her left eye. While most of the client's injuries subsided fairly quickly, the scar remained.

      The client endured teasing at school and was self-conscious about the scar; however, she chose not to undergo revision surgery.

      The personal injury case was tried before a jury in Culpeper Circuit Court, and after 45 minutes of deliberation, the jury awarded the client with $226,000.

    • Car Accident - University of Virginia - Auto Accident $200,000.00

      When another vehicle lost control and ran off the road, crossed the median, and struck our client’s car, our client was rushed to the emergency room at the University of Virginia. He suffered injuries to his head, jaw, teeth, neck, knees, shoulders, wrists, hips, and back. X-rays of his cervical spine were taken and showed damages to his spine as well as a wrist fracture. After being admitted for overnight observation, he was released with pain medication and required to wear a cervical collar.

      Our client continued to see his primary care physician about his pain. He also began physical therapy at a rehabilitation center. Experiencing continued pain, our client received a steroid injection in his shoulder, an injection in his thumb, and was prescribed a knee brace. The pain did not cease and he had a shoulder decompression surgery a year after the accident occurred.

      Our client still experiences pain, struggles with grasping his hand, and has a seemingly permanent loss of sensation. We settled this case for $200,000.

    • Charlottesville Car Accident - Auto Accident $175,000.00

      Our client was injured in an automobile accident at the intersection of Route 29 and Branchlands Boulevard. The defendant was traveling northbound on Route 29 and approached a red light. Our client was making a left turn from the southbound lane of 29 to turn onto Branchlands Blvd. The defendant ran the red light and hit our client. At the scene, the defendant driver admitted she had rushed through the red light and was at fault. She was charged with failure to stop at a red traffic signal.

      As a result of the accident, our client sustained a concussion, two black eyes, facial lacerations and contusions, shortness of breath, injury to his neck, back and knees, a split left bicep muscle and a right arm and right shoulder tear. After treatment, our client was diagnosed with a right shoulder rotator cuff tear. His surgery was performed at the University of Virginia hospital and he underwent physical therapy following surgery.

      Our client made a fairly good recovery, buth continued to experience weakness in his right shoulder and from teh left bicep injury. Our clients medical bills were over $55,000 after filing suit and preparing the case for trial, including depositions. We were able to resolve the case for $175,000.

    • Slip and Fall Case in Hampton, VA - Miscellaneous $87,500.00

      Our client was injured in an incident in Hampton, Virginia in November of 2011. At the time of the incident, our client was walking on the sidewalk when she tripped over a portion of the sidewalk that was not level. Under the concrete in this particular area, there was a grease trap used by the nearby restaurants which had recently been replaced. After the construction was done, the company employed to replace the concrete walkway failed to adequately level the concrete. Due to this structural deficit, the concrete posed a risk to individuals using the area.

      After the incident, our client suffered injury to her left hand and wrist. She was evaluated by EMTs at the site of the accident but decided that she would not go to the hospital. She continued to have persistent wrist pain, but since she had an appointment for a routine physical when she returned to Charlottesville, she decided to wait for further evaluation. She did not realize the severity of her injury until her appointment when an x-ray was ordered and a left scaphoid fracture was uncovered. She was then referred to the UVA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Her physician placed her in a splint to see if her fracture would heal on its own. However, it was noted that her fracture had not healed and surgery was deemed necessary due to a non-union of the fracture. Our client had a prior surgery of her left distal radius in 2002 and had hardware inside of her hand from this surgery. During the surgery to repair the scaphoid fracture, the old plate from our client’s injury in 2002 was removed as well as the scaphoid bone fractures.

      Our client followed up with her physician and was noted to have improvement of her pain and was placed in a splint to aid her healing. She was referred to physical therapy in April. She began physical therapy at UVA Healthsouth.

      Our client was discharged from physical therapy after a few visits because she felt she would be better able to handle a home therapy routine. Our client again followed up with her physician, at which point she reported some new wrist pain and numbness on the left wrist. She was then recommended more physical therapy and for her to continue wearing her splint until her wrist strength improved. She returned to physical therapy, but was discharged on the same day because she felt that she could handle her own recovery and the physical therapist was in agreement. At her last appointment with her physician, our client reported feeling much improved.

      Although we did file a lawsuit in the Hampton Circuit Court in this matter, this case was successfully mediated by a retired judge and we recovered the amount of $87,500.00 for our client, which exceeded three times the medical bills. Our client was extremely pleased with this outcome.

    • Collision in Northumberland County - Auto Accident $60,000.00

      Our client was injured in a collision that occurred on Route 360 in Northumberland County, Virginia. Our client was traveling west when a truck heading in the opposite direction lost control of a trailer he was pulling. The trailer went into our client’s lane striking our client’s truck causing it to run off the road, up and embankment and to overturn.

      The Virginia State Police responded to the scene of the accident. The investigation showed that the defendant had negligently hitched a 2” trailer to a 1 7/8” ball on his vehicle and failed to correctly attach the safety chains to his vehicle. The defendant was charged with failure to drive on the right side of the highway and was found guilty in Traffic Court.

      Due to his injuries resulting from the collision, our client was extracted from his vehicle by the rescue squad and then was airlifted to the Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. He suffered a severe laceration on his head requiring surgical repair, a hematoma in his scalp, an abdominal wall hematoma, bilateral shoulder contusions, knee pain and swelling, and cervical strain. While at Riverside, he had x-rays and a CT Scan and was discharged with pain medication and directions to follow up for removal of his sutures. He followed up with his primary care physician. He had continual pain and swelling in his knees, chest, neck and head. He remained under his family doctors care with a follow-up appointment with Rappahannock General Hospital for his knee pain and swelling.

      Our client passed away from causes that we could not relate to the collision. When he died the case proceeded for his estate. After his death the defendant tried to say our client went into the defendant’s lane and caused the collision. We searched more intently for a witness that we knew saw the accident but we had very little information on. We did not even have the witnesses’ correct name. After numerous calls and interviews we were able to find the witness who fully support our client’s version of the collision.

      After the defense deposed the witness they admitted the accident was their fault and the case proceeded to trial on the sole issue of damages. Our client incurred over $19,000.00 in medical expenses the majority of which was for the emergency room visit and the helicopter flight. The last offer was $45,000. The wife of our client made a courageous decision to try the case and the jury returned a verdict for $60,000

      We were pleased to recover 30% more than was offered. I was honored to have represented the family and I miss our client.

    • T-Bone Crash Near Albemarle - Auto Accident $47,000 plus interest

      Type of Accident: Automobile accident -- T-bone crash
      Location: near Albemarle
      Verdict/Settlement: Verdict
      Type of Injury: multiple minor injuries to the eyes, back, knees, neck, hand, and hip

      The plaintiff suffered a number of minor injuries after a T-bone crash at a major intersection, where the driver, the defendant, was traveling at 35 to 45 miles per hour.

      The plaintiff was rushed to the emergency room and was treated for two black eyes, a burn above the left eye, damage to her mid and lower back, both knees, her left hand and her right hip. She was required to visit the emergency room two more times, and had to receive physical therapy, orthopedic consultations, CT scans, MRIs and X-rays. Fortunately, no major injuries were sustained and the main potion of the medical bills was due to the emergency room visits and the MRIs.

    • T-Bone Collision in Nottoway County, Va - Auto Accident Settlement

      Type of Accident: Virginia Car Collision
      Location: Nottoway County Virginia
      Injuries: C3-4 and C4-5 spinal stenosis
      Settlement/Verdict: Settlement
      Amount: Confidential

      Our client was headed eastbound on Route 460 when a car that was trying to cross the highway pulled directly in front of her. This was a serious T-bone collision that caused significant injuries to people in both cars.

      Our client was taken to the emergency room and had many diagnostic tests run. She was diagnosed with an injury to the cervical column at C3-4 and C4-5. The client was treated by one of the most well-respected neurosurgeons in Virginia, Dr. Harold Young of with VCU Hospital. Dr. Young determined our client was not a surgical candidate. Fortunately our client's pain did reduce over time and she had a fairly good recovery with some lingering discomfort.

      We were able to settle the case before filing suit to make a significant recovery for our client. It is unusual that we are able to resolve case like until after suit is filed. This case was as exception to that.

    • Tractor Trailer Automobile Accident - Richmond, Virginia - Miscellaneous $240,000.00

      This case resulted from an automobile collision that occured on I-95 in 2005. Our client was a passenger in a car drive by our client's spouse. They were traveling northbound on I-95. A police officer was driving north on I-95 in the far left lane. In an attempt to reach the median, the police officer made a sharp turn across all four lanes of traffic to enter a small gravel opening that would allow him to observe southbound traffic. There are witnesses that state that the officer unexpectedly cut through all four lanes of traffic and did not turn on any emergency lights or give any warning of his intentions. As a result, many cars had to hit their brakes to avoid hitting the officer. At that point, it is believed that our client's spouse hit the brakes and possible cut the wheel. The car swerved in front of a tractor trailer which resulted in a severe collision. Our client was taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Virginia where the client was admitted for five days for a complete evaluation. The client then had several follow up visits at MCV for hearing problems. Our client's treatment was modest given the injuries and nature of the collision. After a few months, our client stopped all treatment to assist with the care of the spouse. The case was mediated and had a successful result. It was settled for $240,000.

    • Tractor Trailer Causes Wrongful Death - Wrongful Death $900,000.00

      Our client was killed in a tractor trailer accident in Virginia and left behind a wife of 40 years and two adult children and a number of grandchildren. Under Virginia law, his wife and two sons were entitled to be compensated for their loss. After litigating the case and one unsuccessful mediation, we were able to continue to work with the mediator to have the trucker’s insurance company appropriately compensate the family fairly.

    • Tractor Trailer Collision - Tractor Trailer Accident Confidential Settlement

      In this Virginia tractor trailer accident, our client was traveling Eastbound on the 250 Bypass when she was injured in an automobile collision. At the time of the collision, she was operating a 2001 Chevy Cavalier when another vehicle cut her off in traffic and she stopped and was rear-ended by a 2000 Freightline tractor trailer owned by Federal Express (FedEx). The Charlottesville Police responded to the scene of the collision and issued citations. As a result of the collision, our client sustained injury to her head, suffered headaches, sustained injury to her neck, back, right shoulder and right ribs. She was transported by ambulance to the Emergency Room at the University of Virginia. She was examined and no fractures were found. She was released with a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome and acute neck pain. She had instructions to follow up with her primary care physician and she did. In the weeks after the collision, she continued to suffer from headaches, back pain and shoulder pain. She continued care with her primary care physician at Fluvanna Family Medicine who then referred her to an orthopedic doctor, Dr. David Witmer. Dr. Witmer sent her for an MRI at Martha Jefferson Hospital which came back negative, but our client was still enduring pain in her shoulder and back. Dr. Witmer then referred her to physical therapy but due to financial reasons, she was not able to follow through. She continued treatment with Dr. Witmer who treated her with cortisone shots that offered limited relief. She then began treating with Dr. Lauterhbach of Lauterbach Chiropractic. She was noted to have reached maximum medical improvement by Dr. Lauterbach and was released from care to follow up as needed. A lawsuit was filed in this case in the General District Court of Charlottesville, but a successful settlement was obtained prior to trial. The settlement is confidential.

    • Trip Leads to Serious Shoulder Injury - Miscellaneous The settlement amount is confidential.

      Our client was injured in an incident that occurred in front of a local restaurant in Charlottesville. She was walking to the restaurant with several co-workers. As she walked through the parking lot onto the sidewalk, she tripped and fell over a part of the sidewalk that was not level. The area was dark and without any lighting. She sustained bruising to both of her knees, swelling in her left forearm, and a significant injury to her left shoulder.

      She was taken to the University of Virginia after her fall due to severe pain. It was then revealed that she had fractured her left shoulder. She was employed as a software consultant at the time of the incident and was temporarily in Virginia for work; she knew she would return to Texas in the next few days and decided to wait until she returned home before seeking orthopaedic treatment. She returned to Texas and was seen at Baylor Medical Center. It was determined that she would need surgery to repair her shoulder.

      She underwent a left shoulder hemiarthroplast. She then underwent physical therapy at North Texas Orthopaedics; however, she did not see much improvement with the range of motion and discomfort in her shoulder. Her surgeon referred her for evaluation to another surgeon who then determined that a second surgery would be necessary to repair the shoulder as the joint was damaged.

      The physician performed a left total shoulder revision arthroplasty and replaced the shoulder joint. She continues to have occasional stiffness and pain in her shoulder and a future surgery may be required.

      Our client has sustained over $100,000.00 in medical bills and over $90,000.00 in lost wages. There additionally was a Worker’s Compensation lien.

      This case was successfully mediated before trial. The settlement amount is confidential.

    • Unlit Sidewalk Resulting in Personal Injury - Miscellaneous Confidential

      In this Virginia personal injury case, our client was injured in an incident that occurred in front of the Shebeen restaurant in Charlottesville. She was walking to the restaurant with several co-workers. She walked through the parking lot onto the sidewalk when she tripped and fell over a part of the sidewalk that was not level. The area was dark and without any lighting. She sustained bruising to her both of her knees, swelling in her left forearm, and a significant injury to her left shoulder. She was taken to the University of Virginia after her fall due to severe pain. It was then revealed that she had fractured her left shoulder. She was employed as a software consultant at the time of the incident and was temporarily in Virginia for work; she knew she would return to Texas in the next few days and decided to wait until she returned home before seeking orthopedic treatment. She returned to Texas and was seen at Baylor Medical Center. It was determined that she would need surgery to repair her shoulder. She underwent a left shoulder hemiarthroplasty, performed by Dr. Jeffrey Moffett. She then underwent physical therapy at North Texas Orthopedics; however, she did not see much improvement with the range of motion and discomfort in her shoulder. Dr. Moffett referred her for evaluation to another surgeon, Dr. Sumant Krishnan, who then determined that a second surgery would be necessary to repair the shoulder as the joint was damaged. Dr. Krishnan performed a left total shoulder revision arthroplasty and replaced the shoulder joint. She continues to have occasional stiffness and pain in her shoulder and a future surgery may be required. Our client has sustained over $100,000.00 in medical bills and over $90,000.00 in lost wages. There additionally was a Worker’s Compensation lien. This case was successfully mediated before trial. The settlement amount is confidential.

    • Unmarked Danger Leads to Harmful Fall - Miscellaneous The settlement details are confidential.

      Our client was injured in an incident that occurred in Scottsville, Virginia. At the time of the incident, our client was walking towards the gas station from the gas pump to pay for her gas after stopping to fill up her vehicle, when she tripped over a large conduit which was surrounded by water. She fell down, tearing her right quadriceps tendon. There were no signs or markers cautioning pedestrians of any potential dangers.

      Due to her injuries resulting from the fall, our client was treated at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She had x-rays taken of her knees which did not reveal the torn tendon. She was given a walker, a knee stabilizer and prescribed pain medication before being discharged.

      Our client then followed up with her orthopedic physician at Duke Orthopedics, due to the continuing pain and swelling of her knee. X-rays were retaken and it was discovered she had sustained a “torn right quadriceps tendon”. Our client underwent surgical repair of her right knee. To assist in the recovery process, our client was also recommended for physical therapy.

      A few months after her surgery, our client began to notice a painful, burning sensation in her right knee and subsequent knee weakness. Her physician recommended an EMG study and MRI to check for nerve damage. Although no significant nerve damage was discovered, our client continues to experience pain and discomfort in her right knee. She has sustained obvious scarring to her knee and frequently suffers from right knee weakness.

      She incurred a total of $22,610.50 in medical expenses as a result of this accident. A lawsuit was filed in Albemarle Circuit Court but the case was settled prior to going to trial. The settlement details are confidential.

    • VDOT Worker Hit in Work Zone - Fluvanna, Virginia - Auto Accident Confidential

      Our client was injured in an automobile accident that occurred in October of 2007 on Route 654 in Fluvanna County, Virginia. At the time of the collision, our client was working on the side of the road with a VDOT operation in the area, clearly marked and identified as a work zone. The defendant's vehicle proceeded through the area, striking our client from the rear. The client did not see the defendant before the impact. The Virginia State Police Responded to the scene, issuing reckless driving charges against the defendant. As a result of the collision, our client sustained injuries to the neck and back, as well as an injury to the right calf muscle. The client was evaluated and treated at First Med and subsequently required physical therapy. The client finally made a good recovery and we were able to make a successful recovery for our client. The settlement was confidential.

    • Warren County Automobile Collision - Auto Accident $59,000

      Our client was injured in an automobile collision in Warren County in 2009. Our client was stopped for traffic to make a left turn, when she was rear-ended by another car.

      As a result of the collision, our client sustained severe neck pain and headaches but waited for a few days after the accident before she sought medical attention. She believed that it would go away, but when it did not, she went to the ER. She then subsequently developed left shoulder pain and lower back pain and was ultimately treated by a neurologist.

      Our client was under the care of the neurologist for migraine headaches and saw our client just days before the collision. This doctor had also seen our client years before for complaints of low back and neck pain prior to the accident. The neurologist had previously diagnosed her with degenerative changes at C5-C6 and C6-C7; however, our client's pain was under control and she had not had treatment for the neck and back for years. After the collision these conditions were markedly worse. Our client was treated with medication, injections and referred to physical therapy for her injuries from this collision.

      The physical therapy seemed to help for a while and then our client's pain began to get worse. She returned to her nerologist. Her neurologist continued to treat our client with conservative means and indicated that our client would have a permanent and chronic condition for which she would need future care at least once or twice a year.

      Due to the continuing nature of the medical care that our client was receiving, it was difficult to determine what a fair compensation would entail. She incurred over $18,000 in medical expenses as a result of this accident,but would continue to treat for her chronic conditiion. In situations where the injured party has permanent and chronic conditiion, and there is a physician actively supporting this assertion and is able to provide an estimate of possible future expenses, we have a case for future damages.

      A lawsuit was filed in the Warren County Circuit Court. Before trial, the insurance company offered $26,000 to settle the case. There were multiple reasons why they decided to make that low of an offer. First, the accident was a low impact and there was not much damage. Second, our client had a pre-existing condition which can negatively affect a jury's perception of a person. Third, our client had a few gaps in treatment which can be presented in such a way that would make the jury question whether she was actually hurt as badly as she claimed. All of these issues combined can make an insurance company overly confident that a jury would not return a verdict for much over their offer.

      Obviously, to receive such a good result, we did have some good facts to support our claim:

      1. Our client's current boss and coworker, who both knew our client before and after the accident, testified about the negative affects the accident had on our client.

      2. Our client missed only one day of work as a result of the collsion. The fact that she was a hard worker made an impression on the jury.

      3. The neurologist that testified for our client was a strong witness and knew our client well. She was able to explain clearly why our client's pain was from the accident and not some pre-existing problem.

      4. The defense did not hire a doctor. In almost all cases now the defense hires a doctor that comes back with a less than favorable opinion regarding our clien'ts injuries or treatment.

      Our client decided to take the risk of trial. We proceeded to trial and obtained a verdict in our client's favor for $59,000, over twice what the insurance company had offered to settle the case. While I am always ready to take a case to trial, ultimately, it is the client's decision to settle or try the case before a jury. The risk can be high and it does not always work out in favor of the Plaintiff. Juries in different areas of Virginia can be more conservative or less likely to award large verdicts to Plaintiffs. However, in this case, we were rewarded for taking the calculated risk.

      If you have been injured in an accident in Charlottesville or the surrounding area, contact The Warren Firm at 434-972-9090 for more information.

    • Winter Sporting Accident Leads to Injuries - Miscellaneous Full homeowner’s insurance policy limits.

      Our client was a minor when he was injured at the Wintergreen resort in Wintergreen, Virginia. Another individual was snowboarding on the trail at an excessive speed and did not slow down when he approached our client, and collided with him, knocking him off of his feet.

      Our client was stopped with his father on the bottom of the slope underneath a caution sign in an area purposefully posted by Wintergreen for skiers to enter and leave the ski area. He suffered a comminuted right femur fracture, a grade one left tibia-fibula fracture, right knee laceration and injury to his left foot. He was taken by ambulance to the University of Virginia and was hospitalized for four and a half days where he underwent surgical repair of his fractures.

      Our client was unable to walk when the incident occurred and had to rely on the use of a wheelchair and assistance from his parents to take care of his daily needs and the cleaning and redressing of his wounds. The time that he was unable to walk and needed his wheelchair was 8-10 weeks. He then was on crutches for 4-6 weeks. He was mobile only with assistance for this three month period. He was not able to ride the school bus during this three month period. He also was placed under physical restrictions by his doctor. He was not allowed to play soccer, ski, lacrosse, go to the gym, or attend after school activities; additionally, he missed school for two weeks and then attended half days for one month.

      We are able to settle this case for the full homeowner’s insurance policy limits.

    • World Trade Center Victim's Compensation Fund - $1.1 Million Pro Bono Recovery - Miscellaneous $1.1 Million

      After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the United States Government set up a Victim's Compensation Fund to provide for the families of those who were killed or injured. Soon after the creation of the Fund, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America created a pro bono entity called Trial Lawyers Care ("TLC"). Attorneys who volunteered through TLC represented clients, pro bono, before the Victim's Compensation Fund. Vaden Warren volunteered to represent families before the Fund. Mr. Warren represented the family of a woman who was killed in the World Trade Center. She left behind a beloved partner, mother, and two sisters. He was able to make a recovery for her family of over $1.1 million. Mr. Warren states that “representing these clients was some of the most fulfilling work, professionally and personally, that he has performed. He was glad to have the opportunity to help people who had their lives drastically affected by the attacks of September 11, 2001.

    • Automobile Accident in Albemarle, VA - Auto Accident Settlement

      Our client was driving a vehicle traveling near an intersection in the county of Albemarle, Virginia, when a vehicle pulled out in front of her from a median which had a posted sign that read "authorized vehicles only." Our client, who was traveling at the posted speed limit, was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the vehicle. Her vehicle was totaled and the other vehicle sustained significant damage.

      Our client was previously injured in a severe car collision which had required an immediate disc fusion surgery. The main concern was whether or not the hardware in her spine was in-tact after this collision. She was taken by ambulance to the University of Virginia. X-rays were taken that showed her hardware was in place; however, she still suffered from back, neck and knee pain. She was recommended as a candidate for physical therapy after all her x-rays came back negative for fractures. There was an issue with obtaining treatment because our client did not have health insurance. She eventually opted for care with a chiropractor.

      The insurance company for the at-fault driver refused to offer a settlement, maintaining that our client rear-ended their insured and the claim was denied. A lawsuit was filed shortly thereafter in the Albemarle Circuit Court. Near the trial date, in accordance with discovery processes, our client was summoned to take part in a medical examination by another physician hired by the defense counsel. This physician indicated that he believed our client only needed about 6-8 weeks of recovery care from the date of the collision and he felt the majority of treatment received by our client was not related to the collision, but was excessive and unnecessary. We were unable to relate the knee pain our client suffered from as our client's physicians were not able to pinpoint exactly when it started. The only medical note that indicated knee issues was months after the collision. This is an example as to why it is important to notify your doctors of every single ailment at every appointment. Doctors rely heavily on their medical records for testimony. Keep in mind that they treat hundreds of patients every year and they will most likely not remember your treatment specifically. Another hindering factor in this case was our inability to reach the treating chiropractor to discuss the client's treatment. In order to bring a case to trial, we need the support of the treating physicians. It is important that doctors be on board for testifying about the treatment they provided to the client. There are some cases in which doctors have been uncooperative or unreachable and this has significant impact on the case, typically in a negative manner. In this particular situation, we had to exclude most of the care from the chiropractor because we could not reach him. This brought the worth of the case down and forced us to settle the case for less than if we had been able to relate the chiropractor's treatment. However, our client was reasonable and understanding of the process and was satisfied with the outcome.

    • Automobile Accident in Culpeper, Virginia - Auto Accident Confidential

      Our client was injured in an automobile collision in Culpeper, Virginia in 2011. At the time of the collision, our client was traveling north and was proceeding to make a left through a protected green light, when a vehicle operated by another driver, proceeded through the intersection at a red light and struck the side of her vehicle. The driver did not have insurance at the time of the collision. Because of this, we had to make a claim for uninsured coverage. He was initially charged with failure to obey a traffic light and was issued a ticket, which he prepaid.

      As a result of the collision, our client sustained injury to her right shoulder with radiating pain to her right wrist and hard. She also sustained severe headaches which lasted for several weeks after the collision. After the collision, our client drover herselt to Culpeper Regional Hospital and was given pain medication and released.

      She then followed up with the University of Virginia for her headaches and right shoulder pain. She was given a prescription to assist with the headaches and her arm was allowed to improve on its own. She continued to have pain in her wrist. While she had a history of carpel tunnel syndrome, she was not experiencing any issues with her wrist at the time of the accident. The pain increased over the next few weeks and it was her doctor's recommendation that she be a candidate for surgical intervention. Our client had surgery on her wrist in September 2011.

      The insurance company refused to make a fair offer for settlement and a lawsuit was filed in the Culpeper Circuit Court. This case was settled prior to trial. While the surgeon was not able to relate the surgery to the collision, it was noted that the collision may have speed up the need for the surgery. Even though we were not able to include the surgery for settlement purposes, we were able to obtain a settlement that exceeded a little over two times the medical bills. This was an increase of the offer made before filing suit. Fortunately for our client, she had underinsured/uninsured coverage on her vehicle which protected her against the uninsured driver who caused the collision. Without this coverage, she would not have been able to make a recovery because this individual did not have auto insurance or assets from which to recover. Many times, people who are injured through no fault of their own are left without any mechanism for recovery because the other party did not have automobile insurance. In most cases these individuals also do not have assets or personal wealth and there really is no means to compensate the injured party. Having high policy limits, which provides underinsured motorist coverage, protects you against this scenario.

    • Charlottesville Virginia Rear End Collision with Lumbar Herniated Disc - Auto Accident $100,000.00

      Our client was stopped on High street waiting to turn onto Hazel Street in Charlottesville. He was rear-ended by an unattentive driver. After significant diagnoses and treatment and conservative treatment for a herniated disc, our client underwent a low back surgery. Essentially this means that time, physical therapy and injections did not help him. The client underwent a decompression of the L5-S1 disc. This is in the low back. You can see in the diagram below where the lumbar area ends and the sacral area starts. The client made a fairly good recovery but we were limited by the amount of insurance coverage . The liability carrier only had $25,000 in coverage. Fortunately our client had a $100,000 underinsured policy and we were able to get them to pay $75,000 for a recovery $100,000. That was not full value for the case but we did receive all of the coverage available.

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