$14 Million Settlement Reached for Severe Injuries to Bicyclist Hit by Truck

Anne Sholes, 53, a neurosurgeon, was riding her bicycle in a bicycle lane to work when a Solano County employee operating a box truck, struck her from behind. Dr. Sholes suffered a broken back and a fractured left leg and ankle.

She underwent multiple surgeries to repair her back and leg, including replacement of hardware. She then required extensive physical therapy, hyperbaric chamber treatments, and acupuncture. Dr. Sholes’ medical expenses totaled $270,000.

Dr. Sholes was earning $400,000 annually as a neurosurgeon. She returned to work as a physician advisor two years after the incident, but her salary was reduced to $75,000 per year.

Dr. Sholes sued the county alleging respondeat superior liability for its driver’s negligence. The defendant admitted that the driver was in the course and scope of his employment when he struck Dr. Sholes, but disputed that she was unable to return to work as a neurosurgeon.

At a mediation, the case settled for $14 million.

The attorneys successfully handling this case were Gregory Patton and Holly Mossier.

The Dr. Sholes’s attorneys engaged experts in rehabilitation and neurosurgery.  The defendant hired an expert in rehabilitation.

Sholes v. Taylor, F.C.S. 047838 (Cal. Super. Ct. Solano County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling bicycle accident lawsuits, catastrophic injury cases and truck accident lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Western Springs, Lake Forest, Blue Island, South Holland, Calumet City, Justice, Hickory Hills, Round Lake, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, Joliet, Lisle, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lemont, Morton Grove, Chicago (Archer Heights, Austin, Mont Clare, Hermosa, Polish Village, Jefferson Park, Albany Park, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Andersonville), Northfield, Glenview and Deerfield, Ill.

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