Side impact accidents or T-bone collisions as they are often called are more likely to be fatal than front or rear end accidents of similar force. The side of a vehicle is usually far less protected than the front or the rear and therefore there is less protection for the passengers inside the car. Although side airbags can be of help, they offer little assistance in a serious broadside crash. This type of crash is most often caused by one car not yielding the right of way, usually resulting in very serious injuries.
Such was the case in this Florida automobile accident case. This accident occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. at an intersection in a school crossing zone. The school crossing guard on duty at the time witnessed the accident and stated that the victim was attempting to execute a left turn at the intersection when the other driver ran a red light and caused a heavy, t-bone style crash between the two vehicles.
The victim in this case was a hardworking husband and father, and in fact, he had his six year old daughter in the car with him at the time of the accident. She was not injured in the crash, but because his daughter was in the vehicle and pretty shaken at the time, the victim did not immediately go to the emergency room after the accident.
He initially treated with a chiropractor for injuries to his neck and back and pain down into his left arm. He had hit the left side of his head during the collision as well. He received some injections while under the care of the chiropractor and was sent for a cervical MRI. Shortly thereafter, he began treating with a neurosurgeon who recommended that he undergo an anterior C4-5, C5-6 decompression, fusion and anterior instrumentation.
After much consideration and discussions with his wife, the victim did undergo surgery for an anterior cervical disk fusion at C4-5 and C5-6. The vicitm was out of work for six to eight weeks, and his medical expenses totaled more than $115,000.00.
Attorney Jason D. Weisser was contacted by the victim in this case for assistance in obtaining some help with his mounting out of pocket expenses, especially since he fears that he might require more surgery down the road. The victim also fears that he will not be able to handle the rigors of his job once he has been cleared to go back to work.
Mr. Weisser was successful in settling this case without having to file a lawsuit in this matter since there was clear liability against the other driver and the victim’s serious injureis were well documented. The victim continues to suffer a great deal of chronic pain, which prevents him from living the active and fulfilling life he was engaged in prior to this accident, but thanks to Mr. Weisser’s hard work and dedication on his behalf, he will be able to take the time needed to recuperate and not have to worry about his family being taken care of, or not having the funds for any future surgery that may be necessary.