The settlement value of an auto accident case in Arizona can be determined by the medical injuries of the car accident victim, as stated by a reliable car accident lawyer. Back injuries, specifically back pain as a result of an auto accident is a relatively common injury. Here is how one auto accident victim was able to resolve their claim with the help of a car accident lawyer.
THE DAY OF THE ARIZONA AUTO ACCIDENT
Arizona Auto Accident Victim: “T.L.” (all names are changed for privacy) 50 years old, male.
Accident Date: The accident occurred on September 9, 2015, around 6:15 in the evening.
The Accident Location: The Arizona accident happened on westbound interstate 44 near mile marker 252 in Franklin County, Missouri.
Accident Description: T.L. was driving his 2015 GM Husky Box Truck with a trailer attached with his passenger. He was headed westbound on interstate 44 nearing mile marker 252 in the number two lane. The at-fault driver was behind T.L. in the number two lane when he decided to pass T.L. on the left. The at-fault driver lost control of his vehicle and struck the rear driver’s side of the trailer T.L. was towing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the Arizona accident and conducted an investigation. Highway Patrol spoke to both drivers and determined that the at-fault driver was following too closely and made and improper lane change. None of the involved parties required immediate medical attention. They remove at-fault driver’s vehicle, but T.L. was able to drive his vehicle and trailer from the scene of the accident. All these were reported to the car accident lawyer.
DIRECTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT
How Medical Treatment Impacted T.L..’s Arizona Auto Accident Claim.
Medical Treatment: The day following the collision, T.L. presented to Mercy Hospital where he had cervicalgia and lumbago. Doctor recommended him the pain medication.
As his pain persisted, T.L. presented to Dr. James Lieber about two weeks after the accident. Dr. James Lieber diagnosed him with tension-type headaches and cervicalgia and referred him for physical therapy.
Following Dr. James Lieber’s recommendation, T.L. presented to HealthSource Chiropractic where he had cervicalgia, sprain of ligaments of the cervical spine, thoracic spine pain, cramp and spasms, low back pain and limb pain. He got treatment with a course of chiropractic therapy. T.L. treated with HealthSource Chiropractic for a total of 21 visits over the course of about 10 weeks.
Due to complaints of anxiety and mood dysregulation, T.L. presented to Arizona Trauma Counseling where he had with acute stress disorder. He got advice to undergo cognitive behavioral therapy. T.L. treated with Arizona Trauma Counseling for a total of five visits over the course of about two months.
Further, T.L. presented to HealthSource of Chandler South and checked with a sprain of ligaments of cervical and lumbar spines, left shoulder pain, knee pain and muscle spasms. He got treatment with physical therapy. T.L. treated with HealthSource of Chandler South for a total of 12 visits over the course of about six weeks.
T.L. then presented to Eric Cerre, NMD where he got with cervical sprain/strain, thoracic lumbar sprain/strain, Lumbar sprain/strain, sacroiliac sprain/strain, left shoulder sprain/strain, acute traumatic headaches, left knee sprain/strain and myofascitis. In order to control his pain, Dr. Cerre administered five trigger point injections. He got advised to continue his chiropractic therapy. T.L. treated with Dr. Cerre for a total of 6 visits over the course of about a month.
Results of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer
Total Medical Bills: T.L.’s medical bills totaled approximately $13,358.98
Lost Wages: T.L. made a claim for lost wages as a result of this accident because he had to take time off of work due to his pain and suffering and to seek the necessary treatment for his injuries.
Health Insurance: T.L. had health insurance at the time of the Arizona accident and used that health insurance to defray some of the costs of treating his injuries that resulted from the accident. The health insurance provider will receive reimbursement for their payments from T.L.’s bodily injury settlement.
Client’s Car Insurance: T.L. had car insurance at the time of the Arizona accident through State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. T.L. used his car insurance’s medical payment policy to defray some of the costs of treatment as a result of this accident.
At-Fault Car Insurance: The at-fault driver had car insurance at the time of the Arizona accident through Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Grinnell Mutual accepted full liability in this case.
Final Settlement: Final settlement was never reached in this matter. Despite accepting liability, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was unwilling to make a reasonable offer to settle this claim. The top offer made was $4,000. As such it was necessary to initiate litigation.
In conclusion, this case resulted in T.L. finding a Car Accident Lawyer in Missouri, the state where the accident occurred. Despite T.L. being a resident of Arizona because the accident took place in Missouri, the litigation also had to take place in Missouri. However, when it became clear that Grinnell Mutual was not going to make a reasonable offer of settlement, T.L. disengaged with this firm and hired a local Car Accident Lawyer that was licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri.