$24,000 settlement for whiplash injury car accident in Arlington, TX. Excellent gross recovery by attorney for claim involving commercial vehicle.
Our client was operating an automobile in Arlington, TX and was stopped at a red light at the intersection of 1900 W. Division St and 500 Stadium Dr. The at-fault motorist was operating a commercial vehicle towing a utility trailer. He was inattentive, failed to control his speed, and neglected to timely apply his brakes. As a result, he caused the front of his commercial vehicle to collide with the rear of our client’s auto. Both vehicles were driveable following the car wreck.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client began experiencing significant pain and discomfort the day after the collision. It is not uncommon for discomfort to develop over time as the adrenaline wears off. She went and got checked out at the hospital with complaints of neck pain, back pain, and right forearm pain. When she began therapy to recover from her injuries, she had some complaints of numbness and tingling in her right leg.
Remember: Numbness, tingling, and radiating pain (pain shooting from your low back down your leg or from your neck down your arm, for example) can often indicate a significant injury such as a herniated disc, extruded disc, or pinched nerve. It is always wise to undergo an MRI following a major car accident to make sure you did not sustain an objective injury or permanent life-altering injury. In fact, medical imaging is often the only way to demonstrate an objective injury was sustained or to serve as objective evidence validating subjective complaints.
Thankfully the client’s radicular symptoms resolved over the course of her physical therapy. MRI results demonstrated only whiplash (sprain/strain) injuries. At the time she was discharged from all medical care, she was only having to take half a Flexeril tablet twice a week to manage occasional residual pain and discomfort.
I think everyone expects commercial drivers to be attentive when operating vehicles. After all, they are often professional drivers who are well aware of the importance of being vigilant and obeying the rules of the road. Unfortunately, however, commercial drivers often work long hours that impact their ability to safely operate an automobile or become distracted while driving. I argued to the insurance adjuster that a jury would have little sympathy for a business whose driver was inattentive and rear-ended a car at a red light. I made sure she understood that even though our client’s injuries were soft tissue in nature, they had caused her pain and discomfort that, although certainly manageable, remained ongoing.
The settlement for this car accident claim in Arlington, TX involving a whiplash injury was $24,000. Attorney fees were $6,720. Case expenses were $265.55. After paying medical providers, the client’s net recovery was $7,558.95. This is an outstanding result for a commercial vehicle case with no objective injuries.