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Pastry chef said accident injury negatively impacted his job

A pastry chef who claimed he lost job opportunities due to injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident was awarded $4,321,258.21 by a District of Columbia jury. Joshua Short was walking across 16th Street at the Intersection with I Street, NW when he was struck by a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus. He claimed the bus driver failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and was speeding. He relied on the bus camera video in support of his claim. In response to Short, WMATA argued that Short was slightly outside the crosswalk, wearing dark clothes and carrying a dark umbrella. WMATA maintained that Short contributed to the accident and that his view of the roadway was blocked by the umbrella he was using at the time.
Short v. Washington Area Metro Transit Authority
District of Columbia

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Passenger argued that driver’s speed led to crash with pole

A judge awarded $350,000 to a woman who claimed permanent injuries from a single-vehicle accident. Kimberly Martinez was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a pole. She claimed that her driver, Armando Martinez Castillo, had been driving too fast for conditions when exiting a roadway, lost control of his vehicle and struck the pole. Martinez suffered a femur fracture at the hip, among other injuries, for which she required open reduction with internal fixation. Castillo failed to appear in the case and a default judgment was entered against him on the issue of liability. The award for Martinez was decided following a bench hearing on damages. Martinez v. Castillo Prince George’s County, MD

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ER physician failed to diagnose patient’s stroke: plaintiff

The estate of a woman who died from complications from a stroke was awarded $3.5 million. Melanie Smith’s estate argued that Smith was improperly diagnosed with a migraine when she presented to the emergency room at Augusta Health Hospital, which led to delays in consulting a neurologist, performing needed testing and administering potentially life-saving treatment. The estate sued Antonio Baca, an emergency room doctor who was the physician in charge at the time of Smith’s admission, as well as Baca’s employer. The defense argued that the treatment provided was appropriate given Smith’s symptoms at the time she was examined.
Estate of Smith v. Baca
Augusta County, VA

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