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Wheelchair Bound Man Injured by Big Rig

Wheelchair Bound Man Injured by Big Rig

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 5-Sep-2014

It was March 4, 2011 when a 45 year old man who has been wheelchair bound literally since birth, was operating his motorized wheelchair out of his home in Lemoore, California. He had done this trip many times in the past going to the local grocery store. His normal course was to drive on the sidewalk over to the parking lot of the grocery store, across the parking lot and enter the store, retrieve his groceries and return home. Today, as he was crossing the parking lot he ended up with terror and pain. He had seen the large 18 wheeler truck sitting in the parking lot. He did not expect the truck to move forward and began pushing his wheelchair across the parking lot. Finding himself in helpless peril, he could barely utter a word. Fortunately, a passerby observed the rig pushing him across the parking lot with his wheelchair impaled on the front bumper. The passerby banged on the truck door and was able to get the operator to stop the vehicle. The operator of the big rig never saw Mr. Navarro’s wheelchair. To add insult to injury, when the 45 year old man made his claim against the trucking company. Unbelievably, they blamed him for the entire incident saying that he was crossing where there was not a cross walk and off the sidewalk. It was at this point that the man contacted The Dunnion Law Firm. The Dunnion Law Firm hired a trucking expert immediately who formed the opinion that the trucking operator was in fact at fault and that engaging handicapped individuals in grocery store parking lots was not at all uncommon. Specifically, the expert opined that the driver failed a maxim known to all truckers. That is simply maxim of GOAL. The acronym stands for Get Out And Look. Confronted with the expert opinion, the insurance carrier for the big rig agreed to pay the mans medical bills as well as six figures for his pain and suffering. The total settlement was a quarter of a million dollars. The Dunnion Law Firm also facilitated a special needs trust for the injured man such that he would not loose his public benefits upon receipt of the cash settlement. While he will forever have a residual fear of trucks and his helplessness, he was very grateful for the assistance and resolution by The Dunnion Law Firm. If you ever find yourself in helpless peril, The Dunnion Law Firm will be there for you too.