G.G., a former college football player, was happily married with two children. One evening, G.G. was traveling with his mother-in-law on a major highway in a company vehicle owned by his in-laws. When his mother-in-law slowed the car due to traffic, another vehicle slammed into the car’s rear, propelling G.G.’s car off of the road across a ditch into a front yard. Both cars were immobile due to the collision, and the driver who slammed into G.G. and his mother-in-law was cited for Following Too Closely. Luckily, G.G. and his mother-in-law were both wearing seatbelts during the collision.
An ambulance was called to the scene to transport G.G. and his mother-in-law to the Emergency Room. G.G. complained of neck and back pain and was coughing up blood. After administering chest, back, and leg x-rays, the physician diagnosed G.G. with a cervical medial meniscal tear, a broken hand, and back pain. G.G. was given medication and advised to follow up with his primary care physician.
G.G. first saw an orthopedic doctor, who recommended a lumbar and cervical MRI. The lumbar MRI showed disc dessication at levels L4-5 and L5-S1. From these results, the physician determined that G.G. would need back surgery. The cervical MRI showed multiple osteophytes and disc complexes at levels C6-7 C7-T1, T1-2, and T2-3. G.G. was prescribed home exercise therapy and continued treatment with a pain management doctor for his back, neck, and ankle. During G.G.’s pain management, he received several steroid injections and pain medication. G.G. found that these injections did not seem to help his pain. G.G. saw another orthopedic doctor, who recommended a left knee arthroscopy/chondroplasty for his ankle. This was performed four months after the wreck occurred. The procedure along with continued physical therapy seemed to help G.G.’s ankle heal after the collision.
A year after the date of the wreck, a L4-5 anterior lumbar discectomy was performed to treat G.G.’s dessication and lumbar radiculopathy. After continued pain, the discectomy was followed by a L4-5 fusion. G.G. followed up with a different orthopedic doctor following the surgery, who recommended a second fusion with a PEEK cage. He was diagnosed with postlaminectomy syndrome of his neck and back. G.G. also sought additional treatment for gastroenterintis and a wrist injury. He reported increased anxiety due to these medical issues.
There were many complex and difficult issues with this case, not the least of which was that G.G. had a long history of injuries to the same areas of his body. G.G. retained Kaufman Law, and we promptly filed suit in his case. Ultimately, we mediated it to a resolution of $360,000.00. With this settlement, G.G. was able to pay for past and future medical care and was compensated for his lost wages.