$3.7 Million Settlement Reached For Pedestrian Hit and Dragged By Trash Truck LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2009) - - - A $3.7 million settlement was reached in Gerald Thomas Hatton vs. NASA Services, Inc.; Martin Berry Richardson; et. al (Case #: BC394676) filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2008. “I doubt that any amount of money can really compensate Gerald who probably will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life,” says Los Angeles plaintiff attorney Bill Newkirk of the Law Offices of William H. Newkirk. “But this settlement will ensure that Gerald can live as full a life as possible, considering his injuries, and that he can access the medical treatment and rehabilitation that he will need throughout his life.” Hatton, 59 years old, was in a crosswalk at a green light, walking across Main Street in downtown Los Angeles at 6:50 in the morning on Feb. 19, 2008. A 1995 Peterbilt tractor-mounted trash hauling truck belonging to NASA Services, Inc. of Montebello came around the corner to make a right turn onto Main Street. The truck hit Hatton and dragged him 20 – 25 yards down the street under the front of the truck. “The driver apparently never saw Hatton,” says Newkirk. “We think the driver was looking left while making a right turn.” ”In fact, the only reason the truck stopped was because it was stopped by a Los Angeles Police Department squad that was behind the truck and saw the entire incident. If the LAPD hadn’t been there, Gerald would probably have died,” Newkirk says. Hatton suffered vascular crush injuries in his left leg and significant fractures in his right leg. Eighteen months after the accident he is still recovering in Rancho Los Amigos in Downey, Calif., due to vascular compromises and infections in his left leg. The Law Offices of William H. Newkirk is a leading Los Angeles plaintiff firm representing people who have been wrongfully injured or killed. For information, call 310.477.7122 or visit www.williamnewkirk.com.
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