When our client slowed for traffic as she was driving along U.S. 224 in Hancock County, Ohio, the defendant driver who was traveling behind our client was unable to stop and struck the rear of our client’s vehicle. Immediately following the accident, our client was transported to a nearby hospital to assess her injuries. After an investigation, the defendant was found to be at-fault for causing the accident and was cited for failing to maintain assured clear distance and speeding.
At the hospital, our client told doctors that she was experiencing neck and back pain and after a series of tests, she was diagnosed with acute myofascial strain, lumbar strain, and a contusion to the lumbar area. Our client was treated for her injuries and discharged from the hospital with the instructions to follow up with her primary care provider. At the follow up, our client’s physician instructed her to begin physical therapy to assist her recovery. Our client began physical therapy, but the treatment did not bring her relief and she continued to experience significant pain in her back. Due to the lack of progress, her physical therapist ordered an MRI, which revealed that our client was suffering from two levels of ruptured discs in her back. It was her doctor’s belief that these injuries were a direct result of the accident. It was then recommended that she undergo surgical intervention to treat the injuries and she subsequently underwent a microdiscectomy and a spinal fusion.
We were contacted by our client shortly after the accident to assist her in her recovery. Due to a successful negotiation, we obtained a satisfactory settlement for our client and avoided the need for her to go through a stressful trial.
***Individual results may vary based on the facts, injuries, jurisdiction, venue, witnesses, parties, and other factors. This result is not necessarily representative of the results obtained by all clients.***