$70,000 gross recovery for aggravated lumbar disc bulge injury car accident in Plano, TX caused by drunk driver. Outstanding settlement by attorney, well in excess of the client’s past and future medical expenses.
Our client was headed northbound at or near the 1000 block of Central Expressway in Plano, Texas traveling in the right lane. Traffic was congested and our client was forced to bring her car to a stop. An inattentive motorist behind her failed to control the speed of her vehicle and to timely apply her brakes. The at fault driver rear-ended our client’s automobile and was subsequently arrested for drunk driving.
Remember: If an intoxicated motorist causes an accident you are likely entitled to punitive damages based on their reckless conduct. Also, in the event a drunk driver does not have automobile insurance, and you don’t have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy, you may be able to file a claim under The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund to be reimbursed certain expenses. Please contact our office should you have additional questions about The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
Our client’s primary injury was to her lumbar spine. The impression of her lumbar spine MRI was bulge vs. protrusion at L4-5. She was also noted to have mild degenerative disc disease at the same level. An annular tear was also present at L4-5.
Comments from Attorney Shane Mullen: The annular tear that was present at L4-5 indicated an acute or chronic injury that clearly arose from the car wreck at issue. It was apparent to me that her pre-existing condition was greatly aggravated in the wreck since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The client’s pre-existing degenerative disc disease left her more susceptible to a tear.
Our client underwent physical therapy and obtained significant pain relief. She did not require injections or pain management to recover from her car accident injuries. When she was released from therapy our office obtained a complete copy of her medical bills and records and submitted a settlement proposal on her behalf.
I conducted extensive negotiations with the intoxicated motorist’s liability insurance carrier and really battled to secure my client the best possible settlement. I was able to convince the carrier to significantly increase its offer by pointing out that the at-fault motorist lived in Dallas. Letting the adjuster know we would file suit in Dallas County, as opposed to Collin County, changed the dynamics of the claim. Venue is an important consideration when determining claim or case value. When our negotiations concluded, I obtained a settlement offer I was really proud of. It’s always rewarding to help a client obtain a great settlement without the necessity of time-consuming and costly litigation.
The settlement for this claim involving an aggravated lumbar disc bulge injury as a result of a drunk driving car accident in Plano, TX was $70,000. Attorney fees were $19,600. Case expenses were $555.56. After paying medical providers, the client’s net recovery was $31,160.99. This is an outstanding result for a claim involving an aggravation of a pre-existing condition.