Collision suit may be pitting family against each other

David Yates Apr. 18, 2007, 11:00am

Tom Oxford

A recent personal injury lawsuit doesn't specify if the two are related, but Dalila Sanchez is suing Patricio Sanchez for failing to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and colliding with another vehicle.

The lawsuit was filed in the Jefferson County District Court on April 17, and while it does not say if the pair is related it does say Dalila was a passenger in Patricio's vehicle at the time of the incident.

On June 28, 2005, the two were driving in the 2400 block of Avenue D when the defendant's automobile struck another vehicle. The collision caused the vehicle to flip several times until smacking a stop sign, the suit said.

Dalila is claiming the defendant was negligent and had a duty to exercise ordinary care and operate his vehicle reasonable and prudently.

The suit also says Patricio failed to:
 timely apply the brakes;
 maintain a proper lookout;
 operate the vehicle in a safe manner;
 maintain control of the vehicle;
 keep a safe distance;
 take evasive action;
 control speed;
 and yield the right-of-way.

She intends on showing the court and jury that she suffered injuries to her head, neck, chest, hip, knee, ankle, legs and body in general.

"Plaintiff says that if in the event she had pre-existing conditions in her body prior to this collision that such conditions were painless and symptom-free, but because of the injuries she suffered in this collision, such conditions were lighted up, aggravated and precipitated," the suit said.

Dalila is suing for physical pain and suffering in the past and future, mental anguish in the past and future, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment in the past and future, and past and future medical expenses.

She is represented by Beaumont attorney Tom Oxford of the Waldman Smallwood law firm.

Court assignment is pending.

Case No. E179-131.

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