$350,000 settlement for lumbar annual fissures injury in Dallas, TX trucking accident by attorney at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
Our client was driving an SUV and was stopped at a red light located near HWY 12 and Lombardy in Dallas, Texas. The at-fault motorist, a distracted commercial truck driver, failed to slow down and rear-ended our client causing significant property damage to the SUV.
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 of 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.
An annular tear is a small tear in the outer layer of a spinal disc. Annular fissures are common injuries to the lumbar spine in car wrecks. 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 this personal injury claim was our 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 settlement.
The settlement for this personal injury claim involving a spinal injury (lumbar annular fissures) as a result of a trucking 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.
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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.