In January 2013, a high school principal and father was driving in south St. Louis City when another driver coming from the opposite direction tried to make a left hand turn in front of him, causing a head-on collision. The client initially went to the ER for complaints of neck and back pain, and then started chiropractic treatment. Then, a few days after the car accident he suffered a stroke, which required a lengthy hospitalization, and extensive treatment and therapy. While the injuries and treatment from the car accident itself were not very substantial, the injuries resulting from the stroke were quite extensive, requiring over a year of therapy and causing the man to miss over 6 months of work.
There were many intricate questions about whether the stroke was causally related to the car accident as the client had pre-existing risk factors that could have resulted in the stroke. The gentleman came to the Sauter Sullivan law firm for help. Carolyn Caruthers listened to the man’s story, took the case and worked hard to ensure her client got the compensation he deserved. Claims were made with the other driver’s insurance company as well as the clients for underinsured motorist coverage. Caruthers consulted with medical experts and fought through a protracted investigation on the causal connection between the car accident and the subsequent stroke. In the end, Caruthers was able to gain two policy limits settlements for her client totaling $125,000.