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Client Suffers Severe Spinal Injuries After Being Rear-Ended

D.M. was a disabled war veteran who had recently served in the army in 2003. He lived with his wife and three children. On a Wednesday evening, D.M. was rear-ended by another vehicle. The other driver was cited for following too closely. D.M. told the responding officer and E.M.T.’s that he was having neck pain but did not need to be taken to the Emergency Room.

Later that afternoon, D.M. checked into the hospital for treatment of severe neck and back pain. D.M. received x-rays of his cervical and lumbar spine and was diagnosed with cervical and lumbar sprain following the wreck. The physician prescribed pain medication as well as a cervical collar and advised D.M. to follow up with his primary care doctor. About a week after the collision, D.M. presented to a chiropractor, where additional x-rays of the spine were taken. The images indicated a loss in curvature of the spine, subluxations of the cervical level C2, C5, and C6 vertebrae, and subluxations of several vertebrae in his thoracic and lumbar spine. The x-ray also stated that D.H. had bone spurs at spinal level L3 and a possible vertebrae displacement. D.M. went to the chiropractor several times before returning to the emergency room for increased pain and radiation from his lower back to his left leg. He was prescribed medication and released.

D.M. visited his primary care doctor, who performed another set of cervical and lumbar x-rays. D.M. was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy (left C6) and disc space narrowing at levels L2-L3. The primary care doctor referred him to a spine surgeon, who diagnosed D.M. with disc herniations and C5-C6 disc disease. A cervical MRI was performed to obtain accurate images of D.M.’s spine injuries. D.M. was referred to a pain management doctor who would perform epidural injections. D.M. received several injections over the next few months, however he did not see a significant amount of improvement. He continued a treatment plan of physical therapy, pain management, and home exercise before seeking treatment at an orthopedist. The orthopedist stated that surgery would not help his injuries but recommended a spinal cord stimulator trial to relieve his pain.

A year after the date of the crash, D.M. returned to the doctor for the spinal cord stimulator trial. D.M. stated he had great relief from this procedure and wished to proceed with the actual stimulator implantation.

D.M. retained Kaufman Law to represent him against the driver that rear-ended him and to seek damages from the car wreck that had left him in near-constant pain. Kaufman Law was able to reach a $250,000.00 settlement to assist D.M. with his current and future medical bills. As a result of the settlement, D.M. was able to pay for additional treatment, improving his injuries and allowing him to spend more time with his family.