Anterior Cervical Discectomy Surgery Following Car Crash

Martin + Colin P.C. announces a successful mediation on behalf of our personal injury client.  She had been involved in a motor vehicle accident with an unlicensed driver in a rental car.  The client was driving home from visiting her family in New Jersey. While approaching a tollbooth, an unlicensed and under-insured driver abruptly cut in front of our client’s vehicle from a different lane of traffic. With only fractions of a second to react, the rental vehicle struck our client’s vehicle, causing the two cars to crash and causing serious personal injuries.

Our Client Was Not at Fault for the Accident

Due to the circumstances of the accident, it is clearly evident that our client was not liable.  As the Appellate Division, Second Department stated in: Socci v. Levy: “A driver with the right-of-way who has only seconds to react to a vehicle which has failed to yield is not comparatively negligent for failing to avoid collision.”  Immediately experiencing pain from the impact of the car crash, our client contacted her father who took her to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.  Released from the hospital, our client was physically unable to return to work due to the injuries caused by the collision.  Immediately the client began conservative treatments of physical and psychological therapy.

Our Client Required Substantial Medical Treatment

Seeking further treatment, the client consulted a neurologist and an orthopedic specialist. Neurological impressions indicated several injuries.  Among the injured body parts: post-traumatic epicondylitis (tennis-elbow), ulnar neuropathy leading to numbing in the elbows and arms, and right shoulder, elbow, and lumbar sprain. Orthopedic impressions indicated osteoarthritis, herniations in several discs, and compression in several nerve cords.

These injuries caused our client daily back and neck pain and tingling/numbing sensations in extremities, injuries significant enough to constitute total disability. In order to correct some of the spinal injuries, our client underwent anterior cervical discectomy surgery, a process that removes the herniated disc from the neck and fuses the bone together.

The Injuries We So Bad That She Became Depressed

Several months following the accident, follow-up evaluations by the client’s doctors found little improvement, with persisting daily pain, bilateral carpal tunnel, and myofascial pain syndrome. The various doctors all agreed on the total disability status of the client. Since the days immediately following the accident, our client sought clinical psychological therapy, receiving the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by the car crash.

Following the accident, our client was subject to constant pain, sensations of numbness and tingling in extremities, post traumatic psychological stresses of flashbacks, anxiety while driving, and recurring nightmares. Although allowed to work with strict restrictions, our client was not allowed to return to her career of the last six years. Faced with daily pain, insomnia, post traumatic stress, and a lack of fulfillment once found in their social life and career, our client felt the accident, caused by the ignorant negligence of another person, had completely ruined her life. Seeking a substantial money settlement for the suffering of our client, the legal team at Martin + Colin was able to negotiate fair and just monetary compensation for the client.

Settlement of the Lawsuit Gave Her Some Relief

If you or a member of your family has been hurt in an accident due to the negligence of another person or firm, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Martin + Colin, P.C. may be able to help.

Call us now at (914) 771 7711 and let us apply our expertise to your case.

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