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LUCAS CHANDLER, Plaintiff,   vs. RONALD J. NADIGER; WESTERN TRANSFER, L.L.C., an Idaho Limited Liability Company, and THREE RIVERS

TIMBER, INC., an Idaho corporation

Court:  Second Judicial District Court of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Idaho

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Judge/Mediator/Arbitrator:  John Bradbury, Second Judicial District Judge

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Plaintiff Characteristics:  age, work history, earnings, family, etc.

Luke Chandler was a 25-year old married service technician employed by Amerigas  (propane).  He and his family (wife and three children) resided in the small rural community of  Council, Idaho.  He had been employed by Amerigas for 5 years at the time of the accident.

Liability Facts:  Defendant driver was traveling south on US 95 in Adams County, Idaho, in his Kenworth hauling a load of lumber on a flatbed trailer.  Defendant Nadiger lost control on a corner, jackknifed, and the trailer tipped and lost its load of lumber.  Plaintiff drove off the road in and effort to avoid the collision but was struck by the falling lumber.

Describe Physical Injuries by Plaintiff:  traumatic brain injury, fractured jaw, multiple facial fractures including open nasal fracture, pulmonary contusion, severe respiratory failure requiring use of ventilator, placement of gastronomy tube, ICU for 3 weeks; he underwent six surgeries, plus  extensive dental surgery to realign his jaw and to remove fractured teeth. 

Plaintiff Experts & Specialty (Name/Address/Phone)

Arthur Atkinson, trucking safety, Glendale, AZ

Garrick Mitchell, accident reconstructionist, Denver,  CO

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Plaintiff Attorney: Andrew M. Chasan, Chasan & Walton, L.L.C.

Phone:          208 345-3760               Fax:  208 345-0288


PO Box 1069

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Boise, ID 83701


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