An El Cajon jury awarded a former Navy sailor $7.5 million for injuries he sustained in a 2007 motorcycle accident.
The Daily Mail reports that 27-year-old Matthew Wall suffered crush injuries and nerve damage after his motorcycle was struck by a shuttle bus belonging to a car dealership in the San Diego area. Wall was reportedly on his way to work at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base when the accident occurred.
According to court documents, the van made a left turn in front of Wall, who was unable to avoid a collision. He was launched off the bike, fracturing his pubic ramus bone and sustaining a crush injury and nerve damage to his penis. The accident caused Mr. Wall's penis to be shortened by an inch and a half. He opted to sue the dealership, claiming that the shuttle's driver was an unlicensed, non-U.S. citizen who had not been properly trained to operate the vehicle. Mr. Wall's attorney argued that the incident may affect his ability to have children and his self-esteem, claims the jury evidently agreed with. Defense attorneys have said they will appeal the verdict.
Since the accident, Mr. Wall has left the Navy, moved to South Carolina and gotten divorced from the wife he had married just prior to the incident.
A motorcycle accident can have a devastating impact on its victims and while Mr. Wall is fortunate to be alive, his quality of life has certainly been affected by this incident. While the compensation he receives may provide some consolation, it cannot reverse the long-term effects of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may also be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen LLP are committed to assisting accident victims in the San Diego area and throughout California in proving their injury claim.
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