Venue: Buchanan County Circuit Court
Case Number/Date: 11BU-CV03002/September 4, 2012
Judge: Patrick Robb
Plaintiff’s Expert: William O. Hopkins, Prairie Village, KS (orthopedic)
Special Damages: Original medical charges $50,972; lost wages $1038
Insurers: OOIDA Risk Retention Group for C&J Meyer Trucking and Clayton Meyer; AAA Insurance for Sierra Angst
Caption: Regina Rollett-Osborn v. C&J Meyer Trucking, LLC; Clayton Meyer and Sierra Angst
Plaintiff’s Attorney: James Montee for Montee Law Firm, P.C., St. Joseph
Defendants’ Attorneys: Scott Hofer and William Logan of Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, Kansas City for C&J Meyer Trucking and Clayton Meyer; Pamela Brown, Kansas City, for Sierra Angst
St. Joseph, Missouri auto accident attorney James Montee, has reached a settlement on behalf of his client for injuries received in a Wabaunsee County, Kansas automobile accident.
On April 27, 2011, approaching midnight, Sierra Angst was driving her 2005 Chevy Cavalier eastbound on I-70 in Wabaunsee County, Kansas with four passengers returning to St. Joseph, Missouri from a family visit to western Kansas. Regina Rollett-Osborn was seated in the back seat behind Angst resting her head to the side and attempting to fall asleep. A semi tractor-trailer behind the Cavalier attempted to pass and clipped the passenger rear side of the car with its trailer. Both vehicles pulled to a rest stop ahead on the road and reported the incident to local law enforcement. Damage to the Cavalier was modest and no injuries were reported at the scene.
Regina Rollett-Osborn returned to her job as a hotel housekeeper soon after returning to St. Joseph. In the weeks following the accident, Rollett-Osborn experienced increasing neck pain and headaches along with numbness and tingling sensations in the left arm and hand. Because of her increasing symptoms, Rollett-Osborn went to Heartland hospital on May 24, 2011, for an examination. An MRI of the cervical spine demonstrated a large right paracentral disk herniation at C6-7 and disk bulging at both C4-5 and C5-6. The radiologist did not describe any preexisting degenerative changes in the cervical spine and Rollett-Osborn denied any history of neck problems prior to the motor vehicle accident. On May 31, 2011, Rollett-Osborn underwent an anterior cervical fusion.
Rollett-Osborn filed suit in Buchanan County, Missouri against the driver of her vehicle and against the semi-driver and owner. All parties to the lawsuit were Missouri residents. The plaintiff agreed to a settlement of $200,000 from the trucking company and $11,000 from the driver of her vehicle.