Attorney settles Dallas, TX commercial truck accident claim involving lumbar annular fissure disc injury for $350,000. Outstanding gross recovery considering MRI did not reveal herniated discs.
Our client was operating an SUV and was stopped at a red light located near HWY 12 and Lombardy in Dallas, Texas. The at-fault motorist, a commercial truck driver, was traveling behind our client’s vehicle and was inattentive, failing to control his speed. His large truck rear-ended our client’s automobile causing significant property damage to same.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client had to seek treatment at the ER due to the nature of his injuries. His initial complaints were headaches and some blurry vision. A couple days later his head symptoms had resolved but he was reporting pain and discomfort in his neck, back, right knee, and right foot/ankle.
When the client’s pain persisted an MRI of the lumbar spine was ordered. The MRI revealed a 1.5 mm annular fissure at the L4-L5 level and a 1.5 mm annular fissure at the L5-S1 level.
Remember: An annular tear is a small tear in the outer layer of a spinal disc. Annular fissures are common in the lumbar spine. Symptoms from lumbar annular fissure injuries can include pain, numbness, loss of feeling, and weakness in the thigh, groin, hip flexor, thighs, feet, and/or toes.
Our client experienced lumbar pain radiating to his buttocks. He underwent multiple lumbar epidural steroid injections, a lumbar medial branch block, and a percutaneus thermal radiofrequency neurotomy to achieve relief from his symptoms. I submitted a 22 page settlement proposal to the insurance company that incorporated portions of the medical records directly into the proposal. The key to success on the case was our injury law firm’s attention to detail.
Prior to submitting the settlement proposal I ran a detailed background search of the at-fault commercial driver and located records of another lawsuit he was a party to. The incident that led to that lawsuit occurred just months before the collision that injured our client. This key evidence helped me to maximize our client’s recovery.
The settlement for this claim involving a lumbar annular fissure disc injury as a result of a commercial truck accident in Dallas, TX was $350,000. Attorney fees were $98,000. Case expenses were $139.09. After paying medical providers, the client’s net recovery was $100,213.25.