On June 14, 2015, a client was traveling on SR-25 just 1/10 of a mile south of US-101 in Santa Clara County when another driver in an SUV made a left-hand turn directly in front of his vehicle. The client was unable to stop his Honda in time and a collision occurred between the two vehicles leaving our client’s right hand injured from the force of the impact. He was taken by Santa Clara County Ambulance to Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, California to be evaluated for his resulting injuries. X-rays of his right hand revealed acute oblique fractures of the second through fourth Metacarpal bones through the mid to distal shafts. A five-hour reconstructive surgery was necessary to repair this severe hand injury.
Specifically, repair of the second Metacarpal bone required insertion of three 11 mm x 1.7 mm cortical screws. As far as the third Metacarpal bone, during surgery the fracture was noted to be more comminuted than initially suspected. Doctors found a large oblique fracture as well as a crack in the dorsal cortex of the distal fragment. A reduction clamp, temporizing lag screw, locking plate, and two locking screws measuring 13 mm each were all used to restore length, alignment and anatomic reduction. For the fourth Metacarpal bone, doctors were able to key it into place and apply a 1.7 mm screw to hold the reduction using a reduction clamp while applying force to the proximal fragment. The surgery was a success, and after some physical therapy, he was eventually able to use his right hand and fingers again.
The Dunnion Law Firm was able to secure $50,000.00 in settlement for this client’s hand injury. This was the maximum amount obtainable from the at fault driver and his insurance company.