This settlement of $44,000 was for a client with multiple soft tissue injuries caused by a car accident in Dallas, TX.
Our client was operating a motor vehicle traveling northbound in the 2000 block of S. Buckner Blvd. in Dallas, Texas. She had to slow down due to congestion ahead of her. An inattentive motorist traveling directly behind our client failed to timely apply the brakes and, as a result, rear-ended her automobile. The at-fault motorist fled the scene.
Remember: It is important to make sure you have uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM) on your automobile insurance policy so that you are protected in the event you are injured in a hit-and-run accident and the identity of the at-fault motorist cannot be ascertained. Hit-and-run cases often hinge on whether actual physical contact occurred between your vehicle and the hit-and-run automobile.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: The client was evaluated at the emergency room and diagnosed as having sustained a neck strain and lumbar strain. She had consistent and persistent complaints of radicular pain in her lower extremity following the auto accident. Even though imaging did not reveal a ruptured or herniated disc, it was apparent the soft tissue injuries she had sustained were causing her significant discomfort.
Remember: Soft tissue injuries can cause radicular symptoms. Radiculopathy is caused by inflammation, injury, or compression to a nerve root in the spine. Soft tissue injuries can lead to inflammation of a spinal nerve root.
Our client underwent physical therapy and was able to recover from her soft tissue injuries without the necessity of pain management and/or injections. She had only very occasional discomfort at the time she was discharged from care.
This client did not have a truly objective injury I could point to. She did however have symptoms that mimicked those typically seen with a herniated disc. Even though the symptoms resolved, I argued to the adjuster that the injuries the client had sustained did have a significant temporary impact on her life entitling her to fair compensation. I stressed the duties of good faith and fair dealing that were owed by the carrier to its insured and the result was an offer significantly higher than the client’s incurred medical expenses.
The settlement for this claim involving neck and low back sprain/strain injuries as a result of a car wreck in Dallas, TX was $44,000. Attorney fees were $13,098.53. Case expenses were $460.18. After paying medical providers, the client’s net recovery was $13,098.53. This is an outstanding result for soft tissue injuries arising from a low to moderate property damage collision.
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Joseph R. Morrison is the Senior Associate Attorney at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX, where he represents people personally injured due to the negligence of others. He was recognized by VerdictSearch for obtaining a Top 5 Premises Liability verdict in the State of Texas, and has been quoted in the ABA Journal.