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Head & Back Injuries in Rear-End 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 that needed months of treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. With the help of her personal injury attorney here at Thompson Law, her case was settled and she was ultimately awarded $24,000 in compensation for her personal injury claim. The following outlines how we reached the settlement of $24,000 for head and back injuries in an auto accident case.

The Accident 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 the scene and interviewed A.V. as well as the at-fault driver. 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. The police officers on scene cited the at-fault driver for failure to control speed to avoid a collision. A.V. drove her vehicle from the scene and refused medical transport or assistance at the scene.

Head and Back Injuries in the auto accident

It was six days after the collision that A.V. saw a professional doctor, Dr. Cerre, who 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 but due to A.V.’s continued pain, Dr. Cerre then 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.

A.V. then had x-rays of 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 a loss of normal lordotic curvature of the cervical spine with neck flexion. The X-ray of her right hip showed an 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 a loss of the normal lordotic curvature of the cervical spine with bulging of a disc as well as a shallow posterior disc herniation. 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. 

The pain management doctors advised A.V. to undergo cervical epidural steroid injections and trigger point injection therapy and recommended home exercise and stretching exercise programs on a daily basis. A.V. received one treatment from Orange Medical Pain Management and was treated with Dr. Cerre for around six weeks with a total of 11 visits at a cost of $8,918.90.

Additional Losses and Insurance

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.

A.V. had health and car insurance policies at the time of the accident but didn’t use them for treating her injuries. The at-fault driver had car insurance through USAA and they accepted full liability in this accident.

Case closed

The 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 as it meant she was able to receive the treatment necessary to return her to the same level of well-being before the accident. She treated for less than two months and received the settlement in under six months. A.V. received over $11,000 for her bodily injuries in this settlement, with the balance going to pay her medical bills and attorney’s fees.

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