Partner Scott Murray along with Keith Hedrick, recently secured a $535,000 settlement for our client, a young single mother who was involved in a motor vehicle crash. She was just traveling to work when an 18-wheel car carrier violated her right-of-way and struck the passenger’s side of her vehicle. The collision’s impact was especially forceful because the truck weighed in excess of 32,000 lbs.
As a result of the crash, our client sustained injuries to her neck and low back and immediately presented to St. Mary’s Medical Center. She was diagnosed with an Emergency Medical Condition (“EMC”) related to the injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine. Following exhausting conservative care, including injections, our client had an anterior cervical discectomy, decompression and total disc arthroplasty at C4-5, C5-6, and a laminotomy with microdiscectomy at L4-5.
Thankfully, the surgical procedures were successful; however, our client will never be the same person she was before to this incident. In the days, weeks, and months following the crash, her life was completely turned upside down due to pain, stress, anxiety, and physical limitations. Simple tasks became monumental endeavors and her body was permanently changed. Our client’s injuries, procedures, and recovery forced her to take nearly three (3) months off from work.
Although our client would not trade everything she went through for any amount of money, Mr. Murray and Mr. Hedrick battled with the insurance company to secure a $535,000 settlement. Thankfully, our client can finally put this event behind her, focus on her career, and raise her young child.