STATE COURT OF CLAYTON COUNTY FRANKLIN D. SEALE and EARLINE ANN SEALE v. UNITED FOOD SERVICES CORPORATION, CHEUNG KONG HOLDING, INC., and JIN ZHANG YANG
At the time of the accident, Mrs. Seale was driving west on Brown Ridge Road in Newton County, Georgia with Mr. Seale riding as passenger. While idling, about to turn left, Jim Zhang Yang, a driver for United Food Services Corporation, working within the scope of his employment, collided with the rear of the Seales’ vehicle, causing severe injuries to Mrs. Seale.
The force of the impact totaled the Seales’ vehicle and caused Mrs. Seale to momentarily lose consciousness. Mrs. Seale had to be extricated from the vehicle and stabilized before taken to Atlanta Medical Center by Newton County emergency personnel. While in ICU, Atlanta Medical Center diagnosed her with a comminuted C2 “hangman” fracture with a teardrop fracture as well and bilateral C7-T1 fractures with a thoracic burst fracture. Her C7-T1 fractures were determined to be unstable and fitted her with a halo to help stabilize and heal her fractures. She also suffered a right scapula fracture.
Mrs. Seale was placed in ICU because of her spinal cord injury. She remained in ICU for more than a week and was transferred to Acute Rehab. Mrs. Seale has undergone extensive rehabilitation. This program not only focused on her physical rehab but also included educating and training Mr. Seale on how to assist and care for Mrs. Seale once she was released from the hospital. Mrs. Seale’s home was outfitted with a hospital bed along with a wheelchair and recliner and home health care was arranged so that her health and halo pin care would be properly monitored once she was released from the hospital.
Mr. Seale was transported to Atlanta Medical Center following left knee and foot pain symptoms. A thorough examination determined he had suffered from blunt force trauma, but that no further medical attention was necessary. He was prescribed pain medication to be taken on an as needed basis and released from the emergency room.
Mr. and Mrs. Seale both made a full recovery without limitations and the case settled before trial in the amount of six hundred seventy five thousand dollars ($675,000.00).