A car accident victim who was awarded a half-million-dollar settlement says it won’t be enough to cover her medical bills. And her attorney says Georgia’s laws make it impossible for her to get fair compensation.
The Gwinnett County Commission approved the amount following the crash that involved a distracted police officer.
On April 1, 2019, Todd Ramsey was driving with several tabs open on his onboard computer.
One was showing a Grand Theft Auto video. Ramsey was going at 68 miles per hour in rush hour traffic when he rear-ended Sarah Wood who was traveling at six miles per hour.
Wood’s attorney Susan Witt said Wood suffered a catastrophic traumatic brain injury. She was put into an induced coma for a month and more than a year after the crash, she is unable to work.
Media reports indicated that this was Ramsey’s eighth at-fault car accident while on the job.
Wood’s case never went to court and she settled with the county for a lot less than she requested.
The Gwinnett County Commission unanimously approved the settlement.
Witt said they settled because there was no other real option. She noted that the amount was not significant enough to urge the county to change how it monitors officers’ use of their onboard computers.
Local governments are generally immune from lawsuits. That immunity is waived in cases of negligent vehicle crashes, but judgments are limited to $500,000 per individual or $700,000 per crash.
Even though medical costs have increased considerably, the maximum amounts victims can get have not increased with inflation.
This leaves many families in financial difficulty. Witt said it is still not known when Wood would be able to return to work.
If you have suffered injuries in a car crash, a Georgia car accident attorney can assist you in getting maximum compensation.