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Rear-Ended Nurse Collects $1.4M Verdict

Workers' comp lien law offered no settlement room

ibDonna Yeager v. Maria Alvarez, et al:/b/i A licensed practical nurse won a $1.4 million jury award after a car accident in a case that was complicated by workers' compensation law and a judge's unusual striking of an offer of compromise. Nurse Donna Yeager was injured in a rear-end collision while she was working for Patient Care Inc. She sued the driver of the other vehicle, Maria Alvarez, who carried a $300,000 liability insurance policy. The policy wasn't offered in settlement immediately because Yeager's injuries were not immediately apparent. She previously had lower back injuries, and the accident complicated those problems. Yeager also sustained new injuries to the part of her spine within her neck.

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