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Philly woman awarded damages after van sideswipe
A jury awarded $250,000 to a woman who was seriously hurt when a van struck her car in downtown Philadelphia. In March 2015, Miriam Thompson, in her mid-40s, was sideswiped on Spruce Street at 11th Street. She had been in the right lane of Spruce Street when her sedan was struck by a van which had been in the left lane and attempted to turn right at the corner. Already disabled, Thompson claimed the accident aggravated a pre-existing back condition and caused herniations and bulges of several cervical discs and right-sided radiculopathy, requiring surgeries. Van driver Mike Gatea admitted negligence but argued her disc injuries were degenerative and the surgeries unrelated to the accident. The jury found Gatea fully liable.
Thompson v. Gatea
Insurer must pay under-insured motorist claim
Government Employees Insurance Co. must pay $40,000 to a driver who brought an underinsured motorist claim. In March 2013, Richard Harris, 44, was rear-ended while stopped on 48th Street at Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. He claimed lumbar spine injuries, including bulging at two discs. He had physical therapy and facet injections for pain. Harris settled with the driver, who had a $15,000 policy, and sued his own carrier, Government Employees Insurance Co., with an underinsured-motorist claim (he had a $30,000 limit). The insurer argued his injuries were minimal and pre-existing. The jury awarded Harris $40,000. A credit of $15,000 (the tortfeasor's policy limit) was applied, and the verdict was molded to $25,000.
Harris v. Government Employee Insurance Co.
Hotel liable for guest’s slip at pool
Hotel group E.J. Delmonte Corp. was ordered to pay more than $300,000 to a guest hurt in a slip by a pool at a Marriott Residence Inn in Rochester. In June 2013, Catherine Gardner, a psychologist in her 40s, left the hotel's hot tub and was walking for a towel when she stepped in a pool skimmer, causing her to fall. The skimmer lid was not secured and it flipped when she stepped on it. She suffered cervical sprain and strain, sprain to her right wrist, and a fracture of the right big toe. She treated with physical therapy and pain medication. Gardner alleged E.J. Delmonte was negligent in allowing a dangerous condition. The company stipulated to liability but argued she had recovered. Gardner and her husband were awarded $311,776.
Gardner v. E.J. Delmonte Corp.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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