Back in 2010, model Sophie Monk was injured when an SUV crashed into her Prius. Monk was taken to the hospital and reportedly suffered from a broken L2 vertebrate in her spine as well as a fractured foot. The L2 vertebrate injury temporarily put her in a wheelchair, and the foot injury required her to wear a boot during her recovery. Monk sued the other driver in April, and TMZ broke a story this past Saturday regarding the damages Monk is seeking. She wants at least $900,000 from the other driver and his insurance company.
Sound expensive to you? If her suit is successful, Monk could actually obtain substantially more than $900,000 — this is the figure her attorney has attached to her intangible losses, namely pain and suffering. Monk is also seeking compensation for tangible losses, including hefty medical expenses, loss of earnings from being unable to work and legal expenses. While the law differs from state to state, an automobile accident attorney in West Palm Beach could most certainly tell you that Monk’s suit is much like any other personal injury claim involving an auto accident.
Monk’s lawsuit was filed just in time: had she waited much longer, she would have missed the deadline to file suit under California’s 2-year statute of limitations for negligence and personal injury claims.