Williams v. Barry
A court can award damages for past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. On Jan. 13, 2010, the 39-year-old plaintiff, David Williams, allegedly was rear-ended while operating a company motor vehicle. The motor vehicle allegedly sustained damages in the amount of $17,000. Williams was diagnosed with low back pain, disk displacement and radiculitis and underwent physical therapy and injections. Williams allegedly suffers from leg numbness and tingling. He was rated with a 10 percent permanent partial disability to his lower back. Williams sued the defendant, and the defendant conceded that he was legally responsible. The defendant's expert, Dr. Gorelick, opined that Williams has a 5 percent permanent partial disability to his lower back. After a hearing, the court awarded past economic damages of $21,746, future economic damages of $5,200 and non-economic damages of $150,000 for pain and suffering.