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Head & Back Injuries in Rear-End Auto Accident

REAR-END COLLISION VICTIM RECEIVES $24,000 SETTLEMENT FOR HEAD & BACK INJURIES IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT

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When the vehicle behind her failed to stop, A.V.’s vehicle was rear-ended, resulting in head and back injuries and resulting in months of treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. With the help of her Arizona personal injury attorney, her case was settled and she was ultimately awarded $24,000 in compensation for her personal injury claim. The following outlines how a settlement of $24,000 for head and back injuries in an auto accident was reached.

The Scene

The accident happened on January 5, 2016, around 6:45 a.m. in Chandler, Arizona. A.V. was driving her 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe westbound on Ray Road in the right lane approaching Price Road. The traffic in front of A.V. began to slow and A.V. applied her brakes almost coming to a full stop when the vehicle behind her collided with the back of her vehicle causing a rear-end auto accident.

The Chandler Police Department arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. Chandler Police interviewed A.V. and the at-fault driver before citing the reckless, at-fault driver for failure to control speed to avoid a collision. The at-fault driver told the Chandler Police that she tried to brake in time, but the wet pavement caused her to collide with A.V.’s vehicle. A.V. drove her vehicle from the scene. A.V. refused medical transport or assistance at the scene.

Applicable Law

The at-fault driver was cited at the scene for 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.”

Initial Head and Back Injuries in the auto accident. 

Six days after the collision, A.V. presented to Eric Cerre, NMD. Dr. Cerre diagnosed A.V. with cervical sprain/strain, lumbar sprain/strain, sacrum sprain/strain, right hip sprain/strain, pain in the right knee and myofascitis. Dr. Cerre treated her with a course of chiropractic therapy. Due to A.V.’s continued pain, Dr. Cerre administered six Lidocaine and Marcaine trigger point injections to A.V.’s cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. This treatment was intended to alleviate her head and back injury pain.

To continue, A.V. had x-rays done on her cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, right hip and right knee after her initial consultation with Dr. Cerre. A.V.’s X-ray of the cervical spine revealed loss of normal lordotic curvature of the cervical spine with 2 mm of grade I anterolisthesis of C4 on C5 with neck flexion which reduced on extension. These findings reflected ligamentous laxity. The X-ray of her right hip showed irregular sclerotic lesion in the proximal right femur, likely an enchondroma. Her X-rays of thoracic and lumbosacral spines and right knee revealed no significant abnormalities.

Treatment and Medical Expenses

A.V. continued to experience pain and Dr. Cerre had her submit to an MRI of her cervical spine. Her cervical spine reports revealed loss of the normal lordotic curvature of the cervical spine with bulging of a disc at C3-4 which resulted in the anterior impression on the thecal sac. Further, there was a shallow posterior disc herniation which was right paracentral. Also, there was an elevation of the posterior longitudinal ligament and effacement of the anterior thecal sac.

As A.V.’s pain persisted, Dr. Cerre referred A.V. to Orange Medical Pain Management where she was diagnosed with cervicalgia, cervical disc disorder of the mid-cervical region, and cervical disc displacement, unspecified. The pain management doctors advised A.V. to undergo cervical epidural steroid injections and trigger point injection therapy. She was recommended to continue home exercise and stretching exercise programs on a daily basis. A.V. received one treatment from Orange Medical Pain Management. A.V. treated with Dr. Cerre for around six weeks, a total of 11 visits.

Her total medical expenses were $8,918.90.

Additional Losses

The estimated value of the repairs from the rear-end auto accident to A.V.’s vehicle was approximately $2,300.00.

Additionally, A.V. made a claim for lost wages as she was forced to take time off from her job due to incapacitating pain and in order to receive treatment.

Insurance Involvement

A.V. had health insurance at the time of the accident but did not use her health insurance while treating.

In conjunction, A.V. had car insurance at the time of the accident through Farmers Insurance but did not use her own insurance policy for her bodily injuries.

The at-fault driver had car insurance through USAA. USAA accepted full liability in this accident.

Conclusion and Compensation

In conclusion, a final settlement of $24,000.00 was reached on this case in June 2016, just over five months from the date of the accident. A.V. was pleased with the results of this case as well as the efforts of her auto accident attorneys. A.V. was able to receive the treatment necessary to return her to the same level of well-being she was in prior to the accident. She treated for less than two months and received settlement in under six months. Therefore, A.V. received over $11,000 for her bodily injuries in this settlement, the balance going to pay her medical bills and attorney’s fees.

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