She reacted to the erratic driving of this unknown individual and was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by a Master Tile West employee. The impact from behind caused her vehicle to veer to the left and strike the undercarriage of a refrigerated semi trailer causing significant left-sided impact to her vehicle resulting in a severe brain injury and multiple orthopedic injuries requiring surgery.
Mrs. Adins was able to recover from her orthopedic injuries to her left foot and leg, but had a significant residual brain injury. While she had the ability to understand and appreciate her problems, the residual impact on her balance, her speech and her judgment rendered her disabled and dramatically impacted the quality of her life and that of her 75-year-old husband. Her husband essentially became her caregiver. The collision liability was disputed in that the defendants wished to put responsibility on either Mrs. Adins for braking in response to what was happening ahead, or on the unknown driver who was never identified and had left the scene. She had economic damages for medical expenses in the past and future along with loss of income of approximately $2.2 million to $2.6 million. The matter settled for the sum of $9 million