HRT Bus Company pays $3 Million to Woman With Closed Head Injury From Wreck in Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel

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The Hampton Roads Transportation District has entered into a settlement in the amount of $3 million with Fatima Fortmuller for injuries she sustained in a crash in the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on 2/21/02.

The Hampton Roads Transportation District has entered into a settlement in the amount of $3 million with Fatima Fortmuller for injuries she sustained in a crash in the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on 2/21/02.

Ms. Fortmuller was stopped in traffic when she was rear ended by a city bus. She sustained low back injuries and a mild traumatic brain injury. She was working at the time as a Merchant Marine. Stephen Smith of The Brain Injury Law Center in Hampton, Virginia along with Edward Scher of Richmond, Virginia represented her in her lawsuit in the Circuit Court for the City of Hampton, Virginia (case #CL03-479).

Smith, who is President of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia said that "this is particularly important at this time, in that March is Brain Injury Awareness month". "Ms. Fortmuller is a courageous woman who was living her dream by working as a Merchant Seaman. The bus company destroyed this dream. She lost her independence and pride".

Stephen M. Smith, the founder of the Smith Brain Injury Law Center, has been litigating traumatic brain injury cases for more than 33 years. He won the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history and the largest mild traumatic brain injury verdict ever awarded in the world. Included in the 2007edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Smith is licensed to practice in Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia. He is the only attorney from Virginia to ever be awarded a Diplomate status by the American Board of Trial Advocates and is listed in Who's Who in American Law.

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