Auto Accident Attorney: Soft Tissue Injuries in Auto Accident Cases

What Does A Settlement Include in a Soft Tissue Injury Auto Accident Case as headed by an Auto Accident Attorney?

THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT

Auto Accident Victim: “E.T.” (all names are changing for privacy), 28 years old, female, full-time employee.

Accident Date: This accident occurred on April 30, 2016, around 9:30 pm.

The Accident Location: The accident happened at the intersection of West Chandler Boulevard and North Dobson Road, in Chandler, Arizona.

The Accident Description:  E.T. was a passenger, riding in a 2012 Honda Civil. Her husband was operating that. They were traveling eastbound in the number two lane on Chandler Boulevard approaching Dobson Road. E.T. and her husband were signaling to change lanes into the number 3 lane so they could make a right hand turn onto southbound Dobson Road.  Before they were able to change lanes, however, the at-fault driver changed from lane number 3 into the lane E.T. and her husband was traveling in, colliding with E.T.’s vehicle and causing heavy damage to E.T.’s vehicle.

Chandler Police Department responded to the accident and conducted an investigation.  Chandler Police interviewed E.T.’s husband and the at-fault driver.  The at-fault driver was telling the police that he was getting directions because he was talking to his passenger and made the lane change without properly looking.  The at-fault driver was cited as a result of the investigation.  Neither vehicle needed to be towed from the scene as both vehicles were still able to be driven.  E.T. and her husband refused medical care at the scene of the accident. As detailed to the Auto Accident Attorney.

Citation

The at-fault driver received a citation for violating ARS 28-729.1 unsafe lane usage. “A person shall drive a vehicle as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not move the vehicle from that lane until the driver has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.”  http://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00729.htm

DIRECTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT

How Medical Treatment Impacted E.T.’s Auto Accident Claim with the help of an Auto Accident Attorney

Medical Treatment: At the time of the collision E.T. chose not to seek immediate medical attention.  Following the collision, however, as her pain continued to get worse,

E.T. presented to AZ Spine Disc and Sport where she was facing problems with sprain of sacroiliac joint, strain of muscle, fascia and tendon at pelvis , sprain of ligaments of lumbar spine, strain of muscle and tendon of back wall, strain of muscle, fascia and tendon of lumbar spine, sprain of ribs, sprain of ligaments of cervical spine, strain of muscle, fascia and tendon at neck, Sprain of ligaments of thoracic spine, Muscle spasm of back, Segmental and somatic dysfunction of lumbar spine, segmental and somatic dysfunction of pelvis, radiculopathy of lumbosacral region, low back pain, segmental and somatic dysfunction of lower extremity, segmental and somatic dysfunction of thoracic spine, segmental and somatic dysfunction of rib, segmental and somatic dysfunction of cervical spine and cervicalgia. She was getting treatment with chiropractic therapy.

E.T. was treated for just over a month and had 12 treatments with AZ Spine Disc and Sport.

Results

Total Medical Bills: E.T.’s medical bills totaled $2,535.00.

Lost Wages: E.T. claimed $484.00 in lost wages as a result of this accident.  During the time E.T. was treating with AZ Spine Disc and Sport, she getting take time off as a result of her pain and inability to function, and in order to attend doctor’s visits.  Additionally, E.T. made a loss of consortium claim arising from her inability to complete even the most mundane and ordinary tasks without help, as a result of this accident.

Health Insurance: E.T. did not use health insurance while treating for this accident.

Client’s Car Insurance: The vehicle E.T. was riding in at the time of the accident had liability insurance through Kemper Insurance, and was not using as a result of this accident.

At-Fault Car Insurance:  The at-fault driver was getting insurance by Geico Casualty Company.  Geico accepted full liability for this accident.

Final Settlement: The total settlement amount was $9,500.

Conclusion

E.T. was pleased with the results of this case, as well as the efforts of his Auto Accident Attorney.  She ultimately received $3,100 for her bodily injuries in this settlement, the balance paying her medical bills and attorney’s fees and costs.  She was in treatment for just over a month, her pain significantly was decreasing. E.T. felt she was restoring to the same state of wellness she was in prior to the accident.


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