The plaintiff, a 53-year-old car service driver got out of his car to retrieve money dropped by another driver in the drive-thru lane of the Burger King, and fell into an open sewer grate. He was treated for back, wrist and hips injuries. Approximately 5 weeks later he presented in the hospital with a massive lung infection and a collapsed lung and ultimate loss of 50% lung capacity.
Defendants contended that the fall had nothing to do with the lung condition, but Doug Hoffer proved medically that the plaintiff’s lungs were injured in the fall and the jury unanimously agreed.
NOTE: Finding the right pulmonologist made the key difference in this case along with Doug Hoffer’s tenacious preparation and determination.