Back Pain in Auto Arizona Accident Case

THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT:

Auto Accident Victim: “D.P.” (all names changed names are because of privacy reasons) 17 years old, female.

Accident Date: The Arizona accident occurred on October 2, 2015 around 3:15 in the afternoon.

The Accident Location: The 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 Arizona 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 Arizona accident to conduct an investigation.  After interviewing the driver, Mesa Police concluded that the driver failed to control his speed in order to avoid a collision and cite him at the scene.  They removed the vehicle from the scene of the Arizona accident.  Neither persons involved needed immediate medical attention.

Citation:

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.

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.  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 lumbosacral spine. It revealed no acute fracture or malalignment, but moderate fecal retention. Further, an MRI of the lumbar spine revealed a posterior disc herniation, which was left foraminal at L4-5. The extruded disc material was 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 pain continued to persist, so she went to Arizona Pain Treatment Centers, where she got identification of 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 Pain Treatment Centers for a total of four visits over the course of three months.

Results

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 moneys 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 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.  So, the total medical payment made was $1,000.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, D.P. was happy with the results of her case.  She was able to receive the treatment. She needed to return to the state of well-being. D.P. was in prior to the accident with no out of pocket cost. She received compensation for her pain and suffering.  D.P. got tratment 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. However, the remainder of the settlement going to pay her medical bills and attorney’s fees and cost.


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