Partner Mark Altemose Wins $127,280 Arbitration Award for 38-Year-Old Man in Auto Accident
Partner Mark Altemose Wins $127,280 Arbitration Award for 38-Year-Old Man who Suffered Aggravation of Degenerative Disease in Auto Accident After Rejecting $10,000 Offer
Our client, a 38-year-old man who works as a field service engineer repairing and maintaining uninterrupted power sources, was rear-ended in a car accident. He had a history of low back and neck degenerative disease, a history of low back surgery, and left shoulder surgery (the last occurring a few months before the accident).
We alleged that the accident re-injured his shoulder, caused a knee strain, and aggravated his cervical and lumbar degenerative disease. He continued to work in his job following the accident, but had difficulty performing certain tasks. He has also required therapy and physician office visits since the accident.
We alleged he incurred $2,280 inadmissible medical expenses. Defendant claimed that he suffered only strains and sprains of his neck and lower back and only offered $10,000 to settle the case. The parties proceeded to binding high/low arbitration, with a low of $10,000 and a high of $125,000. The arbitrator awarded $127,280 to our client.