THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT
Auto Accident Victim: “D.P.” (all the changed names are because of privacy reasons) 17 years old, female.
Accident Date: The auto accident occurred on October 2, 2015, around 3:15 in the afternoon.
The Accident Location: The auto accident happened at the intersection of North Cheshire Road and East Farmdale Road, in Mesa, Arizona.
Accident Description: D.P. was riding in the front passenger seat of her friend’s 2007 Ford Mustang at the time of the accident. The driver was preparing to take a right-hand turn at the stop sign from North Cheshire Road onto East Farmdale Road. However, the driver hit the accelerator pedal too hard and lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to hit two trees on the side of the road. The vehicle sustained significant damage. The Mesa Police Department responded to the scene of the accident to conduct an investigation. After interviewing the driver, Mesa Police concluded that the driver had failed to control his speed in order to avoid a collision and cited him at the scene. They dragged vehicle from the scene of the accident. Neither persons involved needed immediate medical attention. All these were reported to the Back Injury Lawyer.
The at-fault party was cited at the scene with violating A.R.S. 28-701A, failure to control speed to avoid a collision. “A person shall not drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, conditions and actual and potential hazards then existing. A person shall control the speed of a vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with any object, person, vehicle or other conveyance on, entering or adjacent to the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to exercise reasonable care for the protection of others.” http://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00701.htm
DIRECTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT
How Medical Treatment Impacted D.P.’s Auto Accident Claim through a Back Injury Lawyer.
Medical Treatment: Three days after the collision, as D.P.’s pain resulting from the accident increased and persisted, she presented to Southwest Spine & Rehab where she was diagnosed with intervertebral disc with radiculopathy in lumbosacral region, sprain of cervical, thoracic and lumbar ligaments, muscle spasm of back, chronic post-traumatic headache, segmental and somatic dysfunction of cervical and lumbar regions and other kyphosis, reduced cervical curve. Southwest Spine & Rehab treated her with chiropractic therapy. However, D.P. treated with Southwest Spine & Rehab for a total of 26 visits over the course of four months. As per Dr. Taylor’s orders, D.P. presented to SimonMed and underwent an X-ray of
However, D.P. treated with Southwest Spine & Rehab for a total of 26 visits over the course of four months. As per Dr. Taylor’s orders, D.P. presented to SimonMed and underwent an X-ray of the lumbosacral spine that revealed no acute fracture or malalignment, but moderate fecal retention. Further, an MRI of the lumbar spine found a posterior disc herniation, which was left foraminal at L4-5. There was also disc material migrating superiorly along the posterior surface of the L4 vertebral body. This herniation was superimposed on a diffuse disc bulge. There was effacement of the anterior thecal sac.
There was mild central canal stenosis to the left to 1.0 cm and was mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis. Despite chiropractic therapy, D.P.’s back pain continued to persist, so she presented to Arizona Pain Treatment Centers. There she got identification for sacroiliac joint arthropathy, lumbosacral radiculopathy, lumbar facet arthropathy, low back pain and myalgia and myositis. She got recommendations to consider medial branch block with radiofrequency ablation and fluoroscopically guided sacroiliac joint injection procedure. D.P. treated with Arizona back Pain Treatment Centers for a total of four visits over the course of three months. Again, all these were reported to the Back Injury Lawyer.
Total Medical Bills: D.P.’s medical bills totaled approximately $6,931.31.
Lost Wages: D.P. did not make a lost wages claim as a result of this accident because D.P. did not have a job at the time of the accident or during the following treatment.
Health Insurance: D.P. did have health insurance at the time of the accident. She used it to help defray some of the costs of treatment. However, D.P.’s health insurance did not seek reimbursement for the money paid on D.P.’s behalf.
Client’s Car Insurance: Because this accident only involved one vehicle and D.P. was a passenger in that vehicle at the time of the accident, D.P. did not use a personal car insurance policy.
At-Fault Car Insurance: The driver of the vehicle D.P. was a passenger in, had car insurance through AAA Insurance. AAA Insurance accepted full liability for D.P.’s injuries as a result of this accident.
Final Settlement: D.P.’s total settlement was $12,600. It took around 10 and a half months to reach a settlement in this matter. In addition to D.P.’s bodily injury settlement. She was also able to receive some payment for her medical bills through the driver’s insurance’s medical payments policy. The total medical payment made was $1,000.
In conclusion, D.P. was happy with the results of her case with the help of her Back Injury Lawyer. She was able to receive the treatment she needed to return to the state of well-being. She was in prior to the accident with no out of pocket cost. D.P received compensation for her back pain and suffering. D.P. treated for a total of five months as a result of this accident. Ultimately, D.P. received $3,240.76 for her bodily injuries and $1,000 from the med pay policy. The remainder of the settlement going to pay her medical bills and the Back Injury Lawyer’s fees and cost.