The claimant was driving southbound on Highway 43 when a bus, traveling eastbound on Avenue 56, crashed into the claimant’s passenger side. The t-bone collision caused the claimant’s vehicle to spin out across the intersection before coming to a rest on the northbound side of the highway.
Directly from the scene of the accident, the claimant reported to the nearest emergency room for complaints of pain in his neck, lower back and left leg. He was diagnosed with cervical and lumbar spine trauma, multilevel cervical disc herniation, central disc herniation, and lumbar radiculopathy.
Despite rounds of treatment sessions, the pain in his lower back continued to persist. Eventually, the claimant had to undergo lumbar surgery at L4-L5. After a successful procedure, the claimant had no residual injuries.
At the time of the accident, the bus driver was operating the vehicle within the scope of employment. Thus, Habbas filed suit against the bus driver’s employer. As the defendant admitted negligence for the accident, no argument on liability was necessary. The defense initially presented a $50,000 offer in an attempt to dispute the alleged nature and extent of the claimant’s injuries and damages. Despite the efforts from the defense, Habbas was able to skillfully settle the matter at mediation for a total of $800,000.