$300,000 Recovered by Vero Beach Bike Accident Attorneys

Most people expect to be safe when riding their bicycle on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, as Vero Beach bike accident attorneys we often see bicycle accidents that take place when a car strikes a cyclist on the sidewalk. Bikers are supposed to have the right of way, but many drivers often don’t see a cyclist. Florida’s laws with regard to bicyclist are very favorable and it is important to hire a personal injury attorney that is familiar with these laws. Lets take a look at a bicycle accident case that we resolved for a our client.

Our Client’s Life Changed In a Split Second When He Was Struck By a Car

Our client, a 25 year old handyman, was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk of US1 in Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida. As he passed the driveway of a Dunkin’ Donuts, a car pulled out and struck him, knocking him to the ground. As a result of the driver’s negligence in not watching where she was going our client hurt his back and elbow. Fire Rescue came to the scene and our client was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Indian River Memorial Hospital.

Two Back Surgeries As A Result of Vero Beach Bicycle Accident

Our client sought follow-up care with an orthopedic surgeon, who diagnosed him with a fracture in his vertebral column in the low back. An extensive course of treatment over several months was undertaken, including physical therapy, injections, and medication. Unfortunately, none of this type of treatment provided long lasting relief. With no relief, our client decided to undergo arthroscopic back surgery in an attempt to alleviate his symptoms. This surgery failed to get rid of the pain, and therefore our client had no choice but to undergo a second surgery at the L4-5 level of his low back. This surgery involved the placement of a plate and screws to stabilize his spine. Several weeks after the surgery, our client reported a significant improvement in his level of pain.

Attorneys Dell & Schaefer File Lawsuit to Recover Substantial Damages

In order to obtain compensation for his injuries, he hired Vero Beach car accident lawyers Dell & Schaefer to represent him. The insurance company for the person that struck our client refused to make a reasonable offer to settle our client’s claim. The insurance company attempted to argue that our client was partially at fault.

In order to obtain a significant recovery for our client’s injuries we filed a lawsuit. We undertook aggressive action against the driver’s insurance company which included numerous depositions and other discovery to prove the negligence of the driver and the extent of our client’s injuries. The injuries he sustained caused our client a great deal of suffering, pain and inconvenience. He can no longer mow the lawn or do other household chores.

More significantly, it is very difficult for him to play with his young children. Ultimately, we were able to achieve a settlement of $300,000 to compensate him for his medical bills and the pain and suffering he was forced to endure.

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