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Client T-Boned In Intersection, Resulting In Shoulder Surgery

C.O. worked as a claims manager and enjoyed being active. Sometimes he even worked security on the weekends.

One Thursday evening, C.O. left the house with his friends to go shopping and to get some ice cream. While passing through an intersection, another vehicle suddenly ran through the red light and T-boned C.O.’s vehicle. When the police arrived on the scene, the other driver-a teenage boy-admitted that he had not been paying attention to the intersection and had assumed that the light was green. Three witnesses confirmed that the other driver’s story was correct, and that he was at fault. The other driver was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance.

An ambulance was not called to the scene, however, C.O. followed up with a pain management physician a month after the collision. C.O. felt pain in his neck, back, and right shoulder, and was having difficulties sleeping. The doctor initially recommended physical therapy, and suggested that if this treatment plan did not alleviate C.O.’s pain, the doctor could order an MRI and facet injections. He was prescribed pain medication and instructed to follow up with an orthopedic doctor. A week later, C.O. sought treatment with an orthopedic surgeon, who ordered an MRI of C.O.’s right shoulder and a Doppler study of his right calf. C.O. also received a steroid injection in his shoulder.

C.O. followed up with his pain management doctor approximately a week after the orthopedic visit. The pain management physician ordered cervical x-rays in addition to lumbar, cervical, and shoulder MRIs. C.O. completed these imaging studies a few weeks later, and returned to the pain management doctor. From the images, C.O. was diagnosed with a disc herniation at levels L5-S1 and a tearing of the glenoid labrum in his right shoulder. C.O. continued to seek treatment with both his pain management and orthopedic physicians, who administered multiple steroid and facet injections. While the cervical and lumbar injections seemed to aid C.O.’s pain, the shoulder injections did not. Five months after the date of the crash, C.O. proceeded with an arthroscopic decompression procedure and labral repair of his shoulder.

C.O. continued with physical therapy and steroid injections for the next few months, however all of his pain had returned by the one-year anniversary of the incident. C.O. was referred to another orthopedic surgeon for a surgical consultation. The surgeon recommended a cervical fusion at C5-6 with autograft bone and a nancy lumbar interbody fusion at L5-S1. C.O. is currently considering whether to proceed with the surgery.

C.O.’s life was put on hold for a complete year while he sought treatment for his injuries, which confined him to his home for three months following the crash. The collision made him somewhat limited in mobility, and C.O. felt that he would continue to have back and neck pain forever.

C.O. retained Kaufman Law shortly after the wreck. Our team was able to successfully negotiate his settlement up to $298,515.57, which included both liability limits and uninsured motorist coverage. With this settlement, C.O. was able to take time off work to heal from his injuries, pay for additional treatment, and spend more time with his family and friends. C.O. was also able to repair his vehicle, which increased his mobility and allowed him to spend more time out of the house. Our team was pleased to have assisted C.O. throughout his improvement.