Seattle, WA- The legal guardian of a man who was has been in coma since April has a filed a lawsuit against the Washington state Department of Transportation, alleging one of their drivers was negligent.
Fox 13 reports that Cheryl Alton filed a $20 million injury claim against the Washington DOT on behalf of her long-time partner, Scott Bliss, 40.
Bliss has been in a coma since April when he collided with a dump truck that made an illegal U-turn on highway ramp near an I-5 widening project in Centralia. KIRO 7 reports that Bliss was riding his motorcycle to work in April when the dump truck suddenly turned around in front of him.
Bliss struck a bar connecting the front of the truck to the rear of the dump truck and was thrown from his bike. He suffered several broken bones, damage to his internal organs and a severe brain injury. Bliss has been in a coma since the accident, according to Fox 13.
According to the lawsuit, the WDOT failed to put out the necessary signage to notify drivers of the work zone. It also alleges that the driver for contractor Scarsella Bros. should not have been using the highway exit to turn around.
Aton, who is the Bliss’ legal guardian, is seeking $20 million in compensation.
Doctors say that Bliss will never fully recover from his injuries and will need lifetime medical care. This is often the case for victims of truck accidents, considering the size and weight of commercial trucks. And the reason why truck accident victims need expert legal advice following a serious truck crash.
The Washington truck accident lawyers at USAttorneys understand how debilitating a truck crash is and knows what the overall costs the victims face. Many victims are face temporary or permanently disability and years of medical care. In the worst accidents, like the one Bliss was involved in, truck accident victims face a lifetime of medical expenses and one-on-one care.
It’s hard for many accident victims to understand the scope of their injuries and how it will affect them in the long term. They may not realize they are facing tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, in medical bills and other accident-related costs. That is why they need to speak with a Seattle truck accident attorney before they accept any settlement. Having a lawyer speak for you ensures that you won’t damage your injury claim in any way, and won’t take a settlement that doesn’t meet your financial needs. They know how build a solid injury claim and negotiate for an optimal settlement so truck accident victims can focus on their recovery.
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