$42 Million Verdict for Man Left Quadriplegic After Collision

Existing Scoliosis Complicates Medical Procedures

A California jury awarded a $42 Million verdict to the man left quadriplegic after being the victim of a car crash in Palmdale, CA. The 27-year-old Anthony Taylor who was previously diagnosed with scoliosis and lived with developmental disabilities had been in a collision in 2015 where his neck was broken. Despite his disabilities, Taylor was self-sufficient prior to the incident which left him in need of attentive medical care for the rest of his life. Attorneys R. Rex Parris and Alexander R. Wheeler from the PARRIS Law Firm, took on the case to help win any financial support they could for Taylor and his family.

A careless driver who was texting while driving caused the collision where Taylor sustained bilateral jumped facets at the C5-C6 vertebral level, 8-mm C5 anterolisthesis (grade 1-2), and edema within the spinal cord from the C4-C5 to C6-C7 levels, along with prevertebral fluid at the C6 and C7 levels. Coupled with the already existing scoliosis and developmental issues, the injuries ultimately meant that the Plaintiff would never be able to walk again.

DK Global worked alongside attorneys Wheeler and Parris to create a presentation summarizing the life-altering injuries sustained by the Plaintiff, along with the invasive and excruciating medical procedure that followed suit. With so much damage, it was imperative to represent the Plaintiff’s suffering through the animations in order to connect the jury to the man’s painful experience. The 3D animations and medical imagery that were created covered the mechanism of injury, which used a 3D model with Taylor’s likeness and depicted the immediate effects of the impact on the cervical spine. The surgical portion of the visuals showed the 3 different procedures endured by Taylor: the application of halo rings for stabilization of the head and neck, surgery for the C5-C6 fusion, and a tracheostomy.

The visuals of the extremely invasive surgeries along with the reconstructive animation successfully conveyed to the jurors the on-going trauma Taylor will have to endure in his new way of life, and it helped lead to a $42 Million verdict that will hopefully afford Taylor some financial stability in the rough years to come.

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"The severity of a car collision can be overlooked because of the idea that it's a common occurrence. Visuals help to demonstrate that the repercussions can be life-altering. Our team worked alongside the attorney to help illustrate that this man's injuries were anything but mundane."


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