When a local, retired police officer was involved in a serious accident our Firm was called to assist. “John Doe” was riding his motorcycle enjoying the day cruising around Sarasota, heading south on Beneva Road.
Attempting to cross Beneva, motorist Joyce Svoboda failed to see our client approaching and hit our client broadside on his motorcycle. He was ejected from his motorcycle and sustained serious injuries.
Bayflight was called and transported our client to Bayfront Medical Center. The initial diagnosis disclosed multiple injuries, including a right foot talar fracture extending to the tarsal tunnel, right distal fibular fracture, comminuted fracture of the right humeral head, fracture of the superior and inferior pubic ramus on the right, fracture of the right distal radius, fracture of the right proximal tibia, fracture of the neck of the right fibula and a fracture of the right patella, and a fracture of the talus.
Emergency surgery was performed to stabilize the right leg and right shoulder injuries. our client was stabilized at Bayfront he was transferred to Doctors Hospital for extensive rehabilitation care and therapy. Dr. Sean Dingle was consulted for orthopedic care and case management.
The Defendant was only insured for liability coverage of $100,000. Fortunately, our client had Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM) coverage with Auto Owners Insurance Company. Primary UM coverage was obtained on the motorcycle in the amount of $500,000.00.
In addition, our client obtained excess UM coverage of $1 million on his motor vehicle. Our Firm met with the treating physicians, surgeons and therapists to determine the future treatment needs. We evaluated the past and future economic losses sustained by our client
and his family.
Finally we worked with our client and his family to determine the impact this accident and the resulting injuries had on all the family members. An offer to settle was extended to both the liability insurance company and the UM insurer, Auto Owners. Fortunately, both carriers realized that the injuries and damages suffered by our client and his family were extensive.
A settlement of $1.6 million was obtained by our Firm for our clients.