A woman in her 50s who worked at Heinz Field was struck at work by someone operating a golf cart during set up for a concert. The impact flipped the woman in the air and caused her to crash to the ground and severely fracture her ankle. The extent of the ankle fracture was such that the patient was in the hospital for two weeks and then was confined at home for four or five additional months.
Despite a great deal of therapy, she went on to develop extensive post-traumatic arthritis and eventually she had to undergo an ankle replacement. Even two years after the accident, she was still only able to walk short distances with the aid of a cane. She will never return to her former job which involved a great deal of walking and standing. She is also quite limited in what she can do around the house.
In this case, we claimed damages for the woman's past pain and suffering, the loss of wages from her part-time job, and the future impact on her ability to do many of the daily activities she previously enjoyed. This case was a good illustration that even something as common as an ankle fracture can have very serious long-term effects and, therefore, be worthy of a recovery in excess of $1,000,000.