Our client was a restrained backseat passenger of a 2018, Volkswagen Atlas driven by her relative. As the Volkswagen was proceeding through an intersection, on a green light, a 2015, white Jeep ran a red light and violently hit the Volkswagen on its passenger’s side.
Below is a snapshot of the repair estimate for $7,618.86 and photograph of the Volkswagen Atlas:
Volkswagen Atlas’ damage at scene
Our client suffered personal injuries, including to her neck, head, low back, and jaw. She underwent Physical Therapy and had MRIs taken of her neck (cervical spine) and back (lumbar spine) that documented injury related abnormalities including a disc herniation with extrusion and annular tear/fissure impinging on the thecal sac adjacent to both S1 nerve roots.
To alleviate the pain, she went to a Pain Management Physician who performed multiple injections and a lumbar rhizotomy – a surgical procedure that burns the nerves that send pain signals to the brain. An illustration of a lumbar rhizotomy is inserted below:
Her Spine Surgeon recommended a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) to decompress and stabilize the spine. He also prescribed anti-inflammatories and directed for her to wear a LSO brace for truncal stability and support on her core.
Because of the clear liability against the wrongdoer, the direct injuries caused by the crash, the extensive medical bills of over $75,000, the wrongdoer’s auto insurance company paid $250,000 in Bodily Injury (BI) policy limits of its insured due to the increasing financial exposure to its insured that was outlined by Attorneys Jason Guari and Scott Perry, with the assistance of his Paralegal Cecilia Del Aguila.
Unfortunately, our client’s spine will never be the same due to the other driver’s negligence. Fortunately, the at-fault driver had liability coverage because our client did not carry Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage – a valuable coverage we recommend everyone purchase. Please take a minute to look at your policy to see if you have it, it not, add it.