Vero Beach Car Accident Attorneys Dell & Schaefer Settle Case for $48,500 in Spite of Gap in Treatment
When you are injured in a car accident, it is very important that you get immediate medical treatment. First, it is important to be examined in order to make sure that your injuries aren’t severe. Not getting immediate medical treatment can also subject you to future criticism stemming from a personal injury case. That is, the question may be asked: if you really were injured in the accident, why didn’t you seek medical treatment immediately? The following story illustrates the point.
Vero Beach Accident Leads to Neck and Back Injuries
Our client was a 50-year-old woman. At the time of her accident, she was driving on 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach. As our client was passing through the intersection of 43rd Avenue and 9th Street, another vehicle made an improper turn and slammed into the side of our client’s vehicle. Our client immediately began to feel pain in her neck and back.
Our client was transported to the hospital. There, she underwent x-rays and was prescribed medications. She was discharged from the hospital the same day and told to follow up with an orthopedic Doctor.
Unfortunately, our client didn’t follow up with an orthopedic Doctor for several weeks. When she eventually did, she was told that she could possibly have herniated discs in her neck and back. She underwent multiple MRI’s, and the MRI’s revealed that she did indeed have these herniations.
As a result, our client underwent a strict regimen of physical therapy. For many months, our client was forced to go for physical therapy multiple times a week. This clearly wasn’t easy for our client as she was working full time.
After it appeared that the physical therapy wasn’t improving our client’s condition, her Doctors told her that the next option would be epidural injections into her neck and back. Our client considered the option but ultimately decided against it due to the risks involved.
Vero Beach Car Accident Law Firm Dell & Schaefer Settles Case for $48,500
Following her treatment, our client initially feared that she wouldn’t be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit because of the gaps in her treatment. That is, immediately after the accident, our client hadn’t seen an orthopedic surgeon. In fact, it took several weeks for her to do this.
Nevertheless, our client made the wise decision to contact the Vero Beach Car Accident Lawyers at Dell & Schaefer. We made the argument that our client didn’t immediately visit the orthopedic Doctor because her symptoms became worse with time. That is, oftentimes after an accident, the adrenaline running through a person’s body prevents the true perception of pain. After the shock of the accident wears off, an injured person may begin to feel progressively worse. This was exactly what had happened to our client.
We also argued that our client was a hard-working mother of two-children. Our client worked long hours in an extremely demanding job. Following the accident, this became much more difficult for our client to do. She began to fall behind at work, and it was a struggle for her to catch up.
These arguments helped us to settle our client’s case for $48,500. Our client was very happy with the result. Although she had initially feared that she might not be able to bring a personal injury case because of the gaps in her treatment, she now had a $48,500 settlement.
If you are injured in a car accident, it is very important for your health that you get immediate medical treatment. If you don’t, the lack of treatment could also harm a potential personal injury case. Call the Vero Beach Car Accident Attorneys at Dell & Schaefer. We will get you the compensation you deserve.