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Trucker-Pedestrian Accident: The Bitter Irony of Serious Injury Litigation

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You see it all the time with parents and children. Naturally, mom and dad take care of their kids, change their diapers, feed them, and pay their expenses. They do this so that their children will be able to grow up well and become functional adults in society. They are responsible for turning helpless babies into independent grown ups. As time passes, however, you see the roles slowly reverse. Instead of mom running to the store to buy soup when Junior stays home with the flu, Junior brings groceries by mom’s house. Dad doesn’t give Suzie a ride to soccer practice. Instead, Suzie picks dad up for his doctor’s appointment. Gradually, in many parent-child relationships, the roles reverse, and oftentimes, neither party expects it to end up that way. Whenever the tables turn unexpectedly, it can be difficult to grasp how and why the situation changed. How did the roles change so drastically?

This might be what Mitchell Peebles, a long haul trucker, wondered after he was involved in a serious trucking accident as a pedestrian rather than a driver. Peebles was run over by another trucker in May 2005 while he was outside of the cab locking and inspecting his load. As a result, he suffered severe and permanent brain damage, post traumatic stress disorder, crushed facial bones, loss of sight in one eye, smell, taste, and teeth, as well as orthopedic injuries and pain and suffering. Peebles, who found himself on the opposite side of the wheel he was used to steering, was unable to continue working and was hospitalized for an extended stay during which he underwent several surgical procedures.

More than four years later, in August 2009, Peebles, under the representation of San Francisco attorney Mary Alexander, finally received $5,500,000 in settlement to address the bills and loss of income related to his injuries. In the elapsed four years, however, one wonders how people like Mr. Peebles can possibly handle the burden of their daily expenses, let alone heavy medical bills, while incapacitated. In serious injury and disability situations, reaching an eventual settlement would not be enough to prevent a victim from losing all financial security. After an injury, regaining some semblance of health and mobility is enough of a challenge without the additional stresses of financial woes.

If you are injured, Lawsuit Financial can help. The firm will cover accident-related expenses while your case is being handled. In Mr. Peebles’ case, for example, depending upon his mental capacity to enter into a lawsuit funding transaction, Lawsuit Financial might have paid extensive medical expenses on his behalf, lightening his considerable financial burden, and done so completely contingent upon the outcome of his case. Only upon case resolution, would the plaintiff have to repay the legal finance company for covering medical costs and other necessary expenses. Lawsuit Financial congratulates the plaintiff and his representatives on a successful economic recovery in this case and wishes Mr. Peebles well in his attempts to achieve as much physical recovery as is possible under the existing circumstances.