The lawsuit took a peculiar turn immediately after Bubba's deposition. Yes, Bubba, you all know him, he's our car mechanic.
As part of our case, our attorney wanted me to provide him with a
list of "before and after" witnesses, meaning people who knew us both
before the stroke and afterwards and would be willing to testify to how
the stroke has changed both Bob, physically, and our lives in general.
Bubba was the first of our "before and after" witnesses to be deposed by The Defense.
a big part of The Defense's case revolves around trying to paint a
picture of Bob as being already "severely disabled" prior to the stroke.
Which, of course, is complete BS. I mean, yes, Bob was on Social
Security Disability prior to this, no one is lying about that, and
because of his neuropathy, he could not handle a full-time job, BUT he
was certainly able to walk, talk, eat, do things, etc. And he certainly
was NOT paralyzed or wheelchair/bedbound, needing assistance with
everything, as he is now. The Defense has been trying to "prove" Bob was that severely disabled, mainly through testimony of a few idiot doctors who can't seem
to recall Bob at all, prior to the stroke....
Bubba's testimony revolved around the last
Bob took The Green Machine up to Bubba's place, which was approximately two weeks prior to the stroke. At that time, Bob had
been tuning up the car, but was having difficulty removing one of the
spark plugs and wanted Bubba's assistance. That spark plug was in a difficult place to reach, a special mechanic's tool was needed to get at it.
After Bubba's deposition, The Defense immediately canceled my sister's deposition, which was scheduled for the same afternoon, telling us they had a "house emergency". Then they canceled our other two "before and after" witnesses, and they canceled five physical therapists and several doctors who were scheduled to be deposed.
Yesterday, three attorneys from The Defense met with our attorney. They said would like to "resolve" our case without going to trial. We are scheduled for mediation this Friday.
Wish us luck!