Posted On: February 23, 2012 by Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller

Careless Driver Causes Serious Injuries in Ft. Pierce, Florida

Carelessness is a major cause of many of the accidents occurring on our roadways today. That coupled with the ever increasing speed of traffic on our highways means you have a real possibility of being involved in a traffic accident every time you get behind the wheel.

The victim in this Florida automobile accident case was a wife and mother of two children residing in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She was a seat-belted driver traveling east on Midway Road entering the intersection of the I-95 southbound entrance ramp when another driver made a left turn in front of her, thereby causing the front of the victim's vehicle to collide with the right rear section of the other vehicle. The other driver was charged with violation of right of way.

As a result of this accident, the victim sustained injuries to her chest, neck, back, right hip and head. She sought treatment at Lawnwood Hospital where x-rays were taken and she was diagnosed with lumbar strain, contusion to her left chest and right shoulder strain. The victim was then released with prescriptions for pain and referral for follow-up treatment.

The victim next sought treatment with a chiropractor who treated her with heat, massage and adjustments, and subsequently ordered a cervical and lumbar MRI. The MRI revealed disc herniations at C5-6, C6-7 and L4-5.

Due to the positive MRI findings, the victim next visited a neurosurgeon and after his examination, he related her injuries to this accident and recommended further conservative therapy for an additional two months. A few months after completing the conservative therapy, the victim returned to the neurosurgeon due to continued complaints of severe neck pain, arm pain, right arm tingling and weakness. The neurosurgeon has recommended an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at two levels, C5-6 and C6-7. He states that the lumbar disc hernation at L4-5 is responsible for the victim's lumbar pain and will address this matter after the cervical surgery.

The victim sought the advice and services of Attorney William D. Zoeller on her options in this matter as she continued to suffer a great deal of chronic pain, which prevented her from living the active and fulfilling life she was engaged in prior to this accident. She was also concerned about her mounting medical expenses, and feared the invasive surgeries recommended, along with follow-up treatment in the future.

Mr. Zoeller filed a lawsuit against the other driver and was successful in settling this case for the victim without the necessity of a trial, thus enabling her to now obtain the surgeries and further medical treatment she needs.