About The Accident

Our client was assembling furniture for his new residence on the driveway- pavement in front of his space at the garage shared with other condo owners.

A neighbor, after a short conversation with our client, went to his vehicle, a Toyota Rav 4, backed it out of its garage space, then drove it forward turning, so that the left front tire ran over our client.

The driver then put the Toyota into reverse, running back over our client. The two impacts crushed the injured party’s chest, fracturing ribs which penetrated both lungs and punctured his back, and fracturing his vertebrae.

About The Case

An ambulance was dispatched to the accident scene and the EMTs first administered life-saving measures then transported our client to John Muir Hospital Emergency Trauma Center in Walnut Creek.

There, he was placed on a ventilator and kept on the highest level of ICU, postponing essential surgeries until the medical staff could be reasonably assured of his survival. Once stabilized, our client underwent cardiothoracic surgical procedures over several days to remove the lung-penetrating fractured ribs, fixate the ribs puncturing his back, and clear his respiratory system.

During these procedures, the plaintiff remained in ICU due to his precarious physical condition. Post-surgery, our client continued to experience an elevated level of pain, short-term memory loss, profound depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Upon discharge, he required physical therapy, rehabilitation and other assistance because of his physical limitations.

   GJEL Accident Attorneys were retained by the injured party and his wife to pursue their claims for damages, including hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical expenses. After extensive investigation, consultation with experts, and legal analysis, GJEL attorneys Andy Gillin and Jim Larsen established the clear liability of the defendant driver as the responsible party. Attorneys Gillin and Larsen then commenced negotiations with the adverse party’s attorney and insurance carrier. While negotiating the payment of the policy limits to the plaintiffs, attorneys Gillin and Larsen were successful in having John Muir Hospital and Medicare compromise their liens, resulting in a maximum recovery to the plaintiffs.C

Case Details

Insurance Company
Ameriprise & Medicare
Police Report
Walnut Creek PD
Vehicle Types
Toyota RAV 4
Accident Locations:Rossmoor Walnut Creek CA
Hospitals and Medical Centers Visited
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek CA
Types of Injuries (Specific as possible)
Fractured ribs, fractured vertebrae, respiratory failure with hypoxia, post-traumatic stress disorder
Author Photo

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Since 1972 he has been helping seriously injured victims throughout northern California fight & win their personal injury cases. Andy is one of the top awarded & recognized wrongful death lawyers in northern California.