LEG & BACK INJURIES FROM PASSENGER-SIDE COLLISION COMPENSATED WITH $47,500 SETTLEMENT
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This personal injury case arose from a careless driving accident. When W.V.’s vehicle was struck from the side by a merging vehicle, he sustained injuries to his leg, hip, and back. A 32-year-old male, W.V. went on to incur almost $34,000 in medical bills as a result of this accident. His ongoing pain eventually culminated in a $47,500 award to W.V. as the victim of the accident.
The accident occurred on December 13, 2012, at approximately 5:00 p.m. W.V. was driving Northbound on Dobson Road having just passed through the intersection of Warner Road in Chandler, Arizona. W.V. was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger in the number two lane when he saw the at-fault driver’s vehicle coming towards him on the left. The at-fault driver was also driving northbound on Dobson Road in the left turn lane when he realized he needed to take a right instead of a left and abruptly turned right, attempting to cross three lanes of traffic and turn into a private drive. The at-fault driver collided with the passenger side of W.V.’s vehicle causing significant damage.
As a result, The Chandler Police Department responded to the accident to conduct an investigation. After interviewing both W.V. and the at-fault driver, Chandler Police cited the at-fault driver for unsafe lane change. The at-fault driver admitted that he had attempted to turn across three lanes of traffic and did not see W.V.’s vehicle. W.V. drove his own vehicle away from the scene of the accident. W.V. refused medical treatment at the scene.
The at-fault driver was cited at the scene with violating A.R.S. § 28-754A, unsafe turning movement. “A person shall not turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in proper position on the roadway as required in section 28-751, or turn a vehicle to enter a private road or driveway or otherwise turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left on a roadway unless and until the movement can be made with reasonable safety. A person shall not so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided by this article in the event any other traffic may be affected by the movement.” http://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00754.htm.
Following the collision, W.V. presented to Centered by Movement Inc., where he was diagnosed with sprain of lumbar, sprain of thoracic, non-allopathic lesions on lower extremities, sprain of neck, and non-allopathic lesions on the upper extremities. He was treated with a course of chiropractic therapy.
Consequently, W.V. then went to Comprehensive Pain Management where he was diagnosed with neck pain, thoracic pain, lumbar pain, knee pain, sacroilitis, lumbar radicular syndrome and hip pain. He was ordered to have an MRI of the lumbar spine and left knee and CT and MRI of his cervical spine. He was provided an orthopedic knee brace.
Further, W.V. presented to The Core Institute, AZ where he was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, cervical stenosis, lumbar disc herniation and lumbar radiculopathy. He was recommended for transforaminal epidural steroid injection and selective nerve block.
As per recommendation, W.V. presented to Biltmore Surgical Center, AZ where he had a selective nerve root block on the left L3 and L4 under fluoroscopic guidance done. Due to his continued pain, W.V. underwent cervical medial branch block at Biltmore Surgical Center, AZ.
In fact, W.V. received 2 treatments over the course of one month from The Core Institute. W.V. treated for two months, totaling 5 visits, with Comprehensive Pain Management and was treated 72 times over the course of seven months with Centered by Movement Inc. W.V. was advised to continue his physical therapy.
W.V.’s medical bills totaled approximately $33,991.00
W.V. and his lawyer did make a claim for lost wages as he was forced to take time off from his job due to his pain and in order to receive treatment. Additionally, W.V. used a worker’s compensation plan during the time he was receiving treatment.
S.R. had car insurance at the time of the accident through IDS Property & Casualty Insurance. Because of the severity of W.V.’s injuries, W.V. received $12,500.00 from his own Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Policy.
The at-fault driver had car insurance through Farmers Insurance. Thus, Farmers Insurance accepted full liability in this accident. Farmers paid W.V. $35,000.00 to settle his claim, approximately 18 months after the date of the accident.
W.V.’s total settlement was $47,500. This settlement includes $35,000.00 paid by the at-fault driver’s car insurance and the $12,500 paid by W.V.’s own car insurance from the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Policy. Settlement took around 18 months to be reached in this matter.
In conclusion, W.V. was pleased with the results of this case. The claimant had significant injuries following this accident. But was able to receive the treatment necessary to alleviate his pain and allow him to resume his daily activities. W.V. and his lawyer entered into litigation in order to fully settle this claim. He was treated for just under seven months as a result of this accident. Ultimately, W.V. received just under $13,000 for his bodily injuries in this settlement. Lastly, the balance was paid to his medical bills and lawyer fees and costs.