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MVA Survivors Attain $1.5 Million Settlement Using Medical Illustrations

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 143,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2019 where someone ran a red light. In Irvine, California, a driver carelessly entered an intersection on a red light, colliding with the Gomez family vehicle, and leaving them with lifelong injuries.

Oscar and Elena Gomez, married for over 40 years, were on their way to a doctor's appointment. Oscar had picked Elena up from work and was accompanying her. As the couple paused in an intersection to make a left turn, a negligent motorist T-boned their vehicle. Their truck rolled several times in a whirlwind of broken glass and debris, coming to rest upside down. Oscar and Elena hung inverted, suspended only by their seatbelts, their abdomens tightly constricted, until good Samaritans pulled them to safety.

Oscar and Elena were taken by ambulance to a local emergency room where doctors examined their injuries. CT scans revealed they both suffered abdominal bleeding and non-displaced fractures of their lumbar spine. However, Elena’s injuries were dire and required an exploratory laparotomy. Treating surgeons detected hemorrhaging in her mesentery, small intestine, and sigmoid colon. To repair these wounds, doctors ligated portions of her organs, removed the marred portions, and reconnected the healthy ends to each other.

As they both recovered, Oscar and Elena sought justice for their permanent, life-altering impairments. The Gomezes approached David Blain of the Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker to attain proper compensation from the Defendant and his insurance provider. Upon filing the suit, David was met with a contest of liability. The Defense stated the Gomezes ran the red light and were at fault. However, David deposed several witnesses of the accident, all of whom affirmed the Defendant was wholly responsible.

With trial looking more and more likely, David looked to communicate and quantify the Gomezes’ injuries. David hired DK Global to create a series of illustrations which clarified the extent and nature of the Oscar and Elena’s trauma. He needed to demonstrate the invasiveness of Elena's abdominal surgery and both of their spinal disfigurements in a way which the jury, judge, and the Defense would all easily understand.

The images DK Global produced depicted a 3D model of Oscar and Elena’s likeness, revealing the internal gashes and fissures they endured. Elena’s abdomen was displayed, illuminating the location and gravity of the four-inch tear in her mesentery. Then, the resection of Elena’s intestines was portrayed, showing the numerous incisions and sutures needed to restore her gastrointestinal tract.

Once these visual demonstratives were presented during trial, the Defense realized it was smarter to resolve the case out of court. David secured a $1.5 Million settlement to aid Elena and Oscar in their future medical care and compensate them for the devastating disruption of their lives.

David M. Blain of the Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker has been representing plaintiffs in personal injury actions for 10 years, including claims for product liability, assault and battery, and government tort liability. David strives to serve his clients and help them put their lives back together after suffering traumatic injuries. Notably, David has represented plaintiffs in numerous class-action lawsuits, including the YAZ/Yasmin/Ocella litigation against the drug manufacturer, Bayer, resulting in several multi-million-dollar settlements.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 143,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2019 where someone ran a red light. In Irvine, California, a driver carelessly entered an intersection on a red light, colliding with the Gomez family vehicle, and leaving them with lifelong injuries.
Oscar and Elena Gomez had been married for over 40 years. On the day of the accident, Oscar picked Elena up from work and was accompanying her to a doctor’s appointment. As the couple paused in an intersection to make a left turn, a negligent motorist T-boned their vehicle. Their truck rolled several times in a whirlwind of broken glass and debris, coming to rest upside down. Oscar and Elena hung inverted, suspended by only their seatbelts, their abdomens tightly constricted until good Samaritans pulled them to safety.
Oscar and Elena were taken by ambulance to a local emergency room where doctors examined their injuries. CT scans revealed they both suffered abdominal bleeding and non-displaced fractures of their lumbar spine. However, Elena’s injuries were dire and required an exploratory laparotomy to diagnose the severity of her damages. Treating surgeons detected hemorrhaging in her mesentery, small intestine, and sigmoid colon. To repair these wounds, doctors ligated portions of her organs, removed the marred portions, and reconnected the healthy ends to each other.
As they both recovered, Oscar and Elena sought justice for their permanent, life-altering impairments. The Gomezes approached David Blain of the Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker to attain proper compensation from the Defendant and his insurance. Upon filing the suit, David was met with a contest of liability from the adverse party. The Defense stated the Gomezes ran the red light and were at fault. However, David discovered several witnesses who saw the accident in its entirety. In depositions they all affirmed the Defendant was wholly responsible.
With trial looking more and more likely, David looked to communicate and quantify the Gomezes’ injuries. David hired DK Global to create a series of illustration to clarify the extent and nature of the Oscar and Elena’s trauma. He needed to demonstrate the invasiveness of Elena's abdominal surgery and both of their spinal disfigurements in a way which a jury, judge, and the Defense would all understand.
The images DK Global produced depicted a 3D model of Oscar and Elena’s likeness, revealing the internal gashes and fissures they endured. Elena’s abdomen was displayed, illuminating the location and gravity of the four-inch tears in her stomach. Then, the resection of Elena’s intestines was portrayed, showing the numerous incisions and sutures needed to restore her gastrointestinal tract.
Once these visual demonstratives were presented during trial, the Defense hoped to settle the case. David secured a $1.5 Million settlement to aid Elena and Oscar in their future medical care and compensate them for the devastating disruption of their lives.
David M. Blain of the Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker has been representing plaintiffs in personal injury actions for 10 years, including claims for product liability, assault and battery, and government tort liability. David strives to serve his clients and help them put their lives back together after suffering traumatic injuries. Notably, David has represented plaintiffs in numerous class-action lawsuits, including the YAZ/Yasmin/Ocella litigation against the drug manufacturer, Bayer, resulting in several multi-million-dollar settlements.


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"The Defense lawyer commented on how nice the illustrations were and she was impressed by them. So I think it made an impact in the mind of the Defense too."
David M. Blain - The Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker




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