Man piles up $300,000 in medical payments after I-985 crash; legal professional reaches $2 million settlement

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Man piles up $300,000 in medical bills after I-985 crash; attorney reaches $2 million settlement

The case concerned a May 10, 2016, wreck on the northbound interstate, where a man hired by a Toyota dealership was driving a truck in the fast lane, Cook said.

“The fellow was apparently not familiar with the fact that the dealership had moved from the last time he had been over here,” Cook said.

The driver then braked and made a U-turn through the grass median, according to the lawsuit.

“Thankfully, some folks on the southbound side got a description of his vehicle. … But for those Good Samaritans, we would have never known who had wrecked our client’s life,” Cook said.

Daniels, who was visiting family, had to brake to avoid striking the truck, leading to Daniels being rear-ended by another driver, according to the lawsuit.

Daniels suffered severe back pain and was immediately transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He later had surgery for his back and neck while accruing more than $300,000 in medical expenses.

A lawsuit was filed against the other two drivers and the automotive group employing the truck driver.

Cook said a report from the hired medical expert had an error that made it appear Daniels was disabled before the wreck, which Cook said was corrected after he questioned the expert.

“I see this all the time: People have an injury imposed upon them through no fault of their own, then the insurance company wants to put you and your medical history on trial after they’ve upset your life,” Cook said.

Attorneys W. Allan Myers and April Rich, who were representing the other drivers and automotive group, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday, Sept. 23.