She was traveling south on US-17 in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The at-fault driver was traveling too fast for conditions and slammed into another vehicle, which in turn slammed into our client’s vehicle. She reported to Palmetto Express Clinic five days later and explained that she had been experiencing pain in her neck and both of her shoulders. The doctors at the clinic gave her an injection and referred her to an orthopedist.
At the orthopedist, our client complained of neck pain and stiffness as well as upper back pain between her shoulder blades. She was also experiencing numbness in her right hand. The doctor ordered an EMG study and MRI’s of her neck and thoracic spine, as well as physical therapy. The neck MRI revealed a small posterior disc osteophytic complex eccentric to the right with minimal spinal canal narrowing and mild right neural foraminal stenosis at the C5-6. The EMG study showed mild carpal tunnel syndrome in her right wrist. After further evaluation, the doctor believed that her symptoms were originating from her cervical spine and not her wrist. They performed injections and recommended she undergo a cervical discectomy and fusion at C5-6.
Our client sought a second opinion at The Southeastern Spine Institute where they conducted an independent medical examination (IME). After physically examining and reviewing our clients records and images, the doctor diagnosed her with right cervical radiculopathy and cervical spondylosis with severe right foraminal stenosis. They confirmed that the patient would need surgical decompression and fusion. Our client underwent surgery and successfully recovered.
At The Derrick Law Firm, the attorneys and staff strive to provide excellent service to each client. The philosophy is to treat every client like family, outwork the competition, and to get the full value of every case for each client. To ensure that The Derrick Law Firm settled this case for the full value, our team gathered all of our client’s medical records, bills, and treatment related to the crash. Car accident lawyer Dirk Derrick did a thorough evaluation of the case before demanding the full policy limits of the insurance policy due to the high medical bills she had incurred over the course of nine months.
Our client settled her case for $150,000.
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