pain incurred in any movement of the neck. Removal by surgery of the offending disc and fusion of the cervical vertebrae involved are possible methods of alleviating plaintiff's painful condition, and the chances of a successful operation are good. However, great pain and discomfort are involved in this type of surgery and there is a possibility of a fatal result. In view of this, I have not reduced the amount of the award, because of the possibility of this operation. See Potts v. Guthrie, 282 Pa. 200, 127 A. 605. Perhaps by use of this operation plaintiff's disability at some future time will change from total to partial, but at best plaintiff will always have a stiff neck and a high rate of disability. Plaintiff's disability is permanent and total. Her various pains, headaches, necessarily rigid neck, lack of feeling of touch in the right hand, and inability to stand or sit for very long without great pain will prevent her from working for a living and doing her own housework.
18. Prior to the accident plaintiff had been employed for three years as a floorlady at Hart and Foster Textiles where she earned take-home pay of $ 46.80 per week. Her duties included lifting bolts of cloth weighing up to forty pounds in order to examine and inspect them. Her loss of wages from October 28, 1950, the date of the accident, to October 24, 1951, the date of the trial, amounted to $ 2,433.60.
19. As a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, plaintiff up to the time of the trial had incurred the following hospital, medical and nursing expenses, which total $ 1,110:
Hospital bill $ 218.00
Doctors' bills 352.00
Nurse's bill 540.00
20. As a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, plaintiff's future loss of earnings, reduced to their present value, based on a reasonable life expectancy of 32 years and taking into account her diminution of earning capacity as she grows older, will amount to $ 40,000.
21. Plaintiff's future hospital and medical expenses resulting from the injuries sustained in the accident will amount to $ 2,500.
22. Plaintiff's past and future pain, suffering, and inconvenience resulting from the injuries sustained in the accident I assess in the amount of $ 10,000.
Conclusions of Law
1. This court has jurisdiction of the parties and the subject matter of this action.
2. The accident and resultant injuries to plaintiff were proximately caused by the negligence of defendant United States of America's employee in his operation of the United States mail truck within the scope of his employment.
3. The accident was not caused or contributed to by any negligence on the part of plaintiff.
4. Plaintiff is entitled to a judgment against defendant in the amount of $ 56,043.60, with costs.