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Multiple And Chronic Injuries Resulting From A Rear-End, Multi-Vehicle Collision

T.W. was traveling in her sedan in stop-and-go traffic and came to a complete stop. Meanwhile, a Freightliner truck was following behind her and did not brake his vehicle fast enough. The truck driver rear-ended T.W. at a substantial speed, and as a result, her sedan was pushed forward into the vehicle in front of her. The truck driver seemed very concerned about what had just occurred and apologized profusely to T.W., whose car had incurred considerable front and back-end damage.

Immediately following the collision, T.W. was transported to the emergency room via ambulance. She complained of pain in her back and neck. A CT scan of her cervical spine was performed at the hospital, which came back negative. She was prescribed medication for an acute myofascial strain and was released with instructions to follow up with her primary care physician.

The next day, T.W.’s primary care physician ordered x-rays after an initial evaluation and then referred her out to physical therapy. She was evaluated at the physical therapy office the next day. Her ongoing treatment included therapeutic exercise, electrical stimulation, and other specialized treatment options such as isokinetic activity. T.W. showed improvement during her physical therapy treatment, but she was still in pain for the next two months. She was then instructed to return back to her primary care physician for another evaluation.

T.W.’s primary care doctor referred her to an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation for her neck, back, and wrist injuries. Throughout her treatment for the next couple of weeks, T.W. remained out of work and was later cleared to return on a part-time basis.

A month after the wreck, T.W. was diagnosed with degenerative disc changes at levels C3-5, a herniated disc at level C5-6, and wrist hypermobility. The physician ordered T.W. to participate in more physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, steroid injections, and IDD therapy, which did not seem to improve her pain.

Six months later, Ms. T.W. sought treatment for her injuries at a pain management facility, who referred her to an orthopedic surgeon for a surgical consultation.

A year after the collision, T.W. underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery at level C4-5. A nurse came to T.W.’s home daily for the next month and assisted her with her recovery. She continude to seek treatment for the next year.

During her treatment, T.W.’s case was being litigated, and ultimately resolved for $950,000.00.

Following the conclusion of her case, T.W. chose to remain out of work on temporary disability and was unable to perform daily activities such as driving, cleaning, or running errands. She was frustrated with being unable to maintain a clean and organized house and could not stay on the computer for extended periods of time.

With the money that we recovered for her, T.W. was able to pay all of her medical expenses, plan for possible future medical costs, and invest in an improved quality of life.