Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell LLP negotiated a $7.3M settlement for a young child whose skull was crushed and spine shattered after a tree limb collapsed on her as she was playing in the yard of her daycare.
The Plaintiff sustained a significant brain injury with subdural hematoma, a frontal calvarial fracture across her skull, interspinous ligament edemas behind her neck, a type III odontoid process fracture, a fractured tibia, and catastrophic compression fractures throughout her thoracic and lumbar spine.
She would spend a week in the hospital, two months in a heavy halo device that held her head in place, and it would be two years before her last head wound would fully heal. The preschool, the city, and the school district all knew 16 months before the incident that falling eucalyptus tree branches in the park adjacent to the daycare posed a dangerous risk to children. However, no one knew whose responsibility it was to remove them.
The confusion in responsibility ultimately resulted in a young child being irreversibly injured for life, and Mr. Glassman needed all parties to understand the full scope of damages his client suffered as a result.
Cinematic summary of injuries (CSI) animation.
Mr. Glassman provided our team with his client’s radiographic films, and we used these scans to build accurate, 3D models of the numerous injuries. We then animated a virtual camera to provide a three-dimensional fly-through of each injury with maximum context and real-world detail.
Compression fractures from T4 to L1.
The city of Pasadena, the school district, the tree-trimming contractor, and the daycare facility all contributed to a settlement of $7.3M to help the young girl in her recovery. The city also removed the trees from the park after the incident to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again.
Stabilizing screws placed for halo device.
“High Impact is always creating highly effective damages graphics that provide immeasurable benefits in our cases. This case was no different. They helped us bring to life the pain and suffering this little girl had to endure which, in turn, helped us secure the best possible result for her.”
Robert Glassman – Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
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