Side impact collisions or “T-Bone” collisions as they are commonly called, are more likely to be fatal than front or rear end accidents of similar force. This is because the side of the vehicle is usually far less protected, therefore less protection for the passengers inside the vehicle. Although side air bags can help, unfortunately they offer little help in a serious broadside crash.
Early one morning, the victim in this Florida automobile accident case was traveling south in the far outside lane of Lawrence Road in Boynton Beach, Florida, when a vehicle traveling west on Minor Boulevard turned in front of the victim’s vehicle and collided with the passenger side of her car. The impact was so great that it pushed the victim’s car into a telephone pole which then bent and fell into her vehicle. It took approximately six hours to get the pole off of her vehicle and left the neighborhood without power for eight hours. The other driver in this accident was cited by the Boynton Beach Police Department for violation of right of way.
The victim cannot remember the accident and thinks she was unconscious when the ambulance came and transported her to JFK Hospital for injuries to her head, neck, back, right side, right leg and left knee. Testing was performed and the victim was diagnosed with cervical strain and a closed head injury. She was sent home, only to return a few hours later in severe pain and she was prescribed medication.
The victim followed up on her treatment with a chiropractor with complaints of neck pain, low back pain, mid-back pain and headaches. She felt no relief and the pain became worse causing her to seek treatment from an orthopedist. Her initial treatment with this physician was with chief complaints of neck and upper back pain. After an initial evaluation, the orthopedist noted restricted, painful flexion, extension and rotation by approximately 20 to 30 degrees in each direction. He also noted tenderness over the trapezius where there is moderate spasms, as well as over the paraspinal musculature. The victim was prescribed Vicodin for pain, Medrol Dosepak for inflammation, Flexeril for muscle spasms and referred to a pain management specialist, who noted symptoms and signs on physical exam consistent with left cervical facet mediated pain as a result of the motor vehicle accident. She was placed on Naprosyn as well as Robaxin for muscle spasms. In addition, trigger point injections in the left trapezius muscle were performed, along with a left C3-4, C4-5 and C5-6 medial branch blocks for treatment of her left cervical facet-mediated pain.
A cervical MRI was recommended by her orthopedist, which revealed a C3-5 right posterolateral disc herniation with right foraminal stenosis, C5-6 posterior central disc herniation with a corresponding annular tear, C6-7 bulging and overall straightening of the normal cervical curvature, compatible with paraspinal muscle spasms. As a result of this MRI, the orthopedist recommended surgical intervention as she was frustrated with her symptoms and had received little pain relief with physical therapy and facet blocks. The victim eventually had two surgeries – a discectomy that did not resolve her pain, and then a fusion which helped tremendously.
Due to the other driver’s negligence in this automobile accident, the victim, who was very active prior to this accident, has to deal with the fact she will never be able to live the active and fulfilling life she was previously engaged in. The seriousness of her injuries is well documented, and she continues to suffer a great deal of neck and back pain, and has to live with the fact that she will always suffer with chronic neck pain, even though the surgery was a great help.
This victim contacted Attorney Jason D. Weisser in this matter since she was facing mounting medical expenses and the looming invasive surgery, which has caused her to suffer with symptoms of depression. Mr. Weisser successfully settled this case without the necessity of a trial and the victim will now be able obtain any additional medical assistance she may need to get on with her life.