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$950,000 Los Angeles Car Accident Settlement Reached in 2007 I-105 Collision in Lynwood

December 31, 1969

A Los Angeles County personal injury settlement has been reached between Felipe Medina and the county. Medina was injured in a Lynwood car accident on I-105 in 2007 when the car he was in was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by a Department of Mental Health employee. The collision caused a chain reaction involving three vehicles. The case is Medina v. County of Los Angeles and Duckworth (Case No. TC022146).

Medina, 53, sustained neck, shoulder, and back injuries that have ended his career as a maintenance supervisor. He also has had to undergo a number of back operations, get several epidural injections, take prescription pain meds, and wear a back brace. Despite all this, his Los Angeles personal injury lawyer says that Medina will likely experience pain for life. Also, due to Medina's age, the fact that he cannot take on manual labor, and his lack of education, finding other work will prove tough from now on.

The Los Angeles County car crash occurred on December 20, 2007. Medina was sitting in stalled traffic when his vehicle was struck by a van driven by county employee Willie Duckworth. Police say that Duckworth, who has admitted to failing to stop in time, was operating his vehicle at an unsafe speed. The impact of the crash forced Medina's Saturn into another vehicle, which then struck another auto.

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Getting seriously hurt in a car crash can have far-reaching consequences for those involved. Not only may an injury victim have to laid up for weeks or even months, while he or she recovers, but there also may be surgeries and other medical treatment to undergo, as well as rehabilitation. This can all prove very costly for the injured party, who likely may have to take time off work, which can mean lost wages, lost benefits, and loss of employment. In some cases, the injuries may be so serious, such as with a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury, that the Los Angeles auto accident victim may require 24-hour care for life. In addition to adjusting to all these life-altering changes and trying to pay for general living expenses, the injured party will likely have to contend with costly medical bills.

Seeing as your injuries, damages, and losses may be substantial, you will want to work with an experienced Los Angeles car accident law firm that knows how to determine who was responsible and what parties should be held liable. For example, if the driver that struck you was doing his/her job when the accident was happened, then you may be able to recover Los Angeles injury compensation from both him/her and his/her her employer. If the other factors were involved, such as poor road conditions or an auto defect, there also may be other liable parties.

While obtaining your Los Angeles car accident damages may not make you physically whole again or restore your life to what it was before the crash, it can help you to move forward with your life, while offering some financial relief, and allow you to hold the parties responsible liable for your pain, suffering, and other damages and losses.

Read the Los Angeles County Claims Board's Recommendation in Medina v. County of Los Angeles and Duckworth, LA County, (PDF)

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