Car Accident Leaves Sacramento Woman With Catastrophic Back Injuries, Part 2 of 4

The following blog entry is written to illustrate a common motion filed during civil litigation. Reviewing this kind of filing should help potential plaintiffs and clients better understand how parties in personal injury cases present such issues to the court.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this automobile accident lawsuit and its proceedings.)


Ms. Johnson continued her chiropractic care with Michael White, D.C. at Valley Chiropractic on May 14, 2009. Ms. Johnson presented at that time with worsening neck and back pain with radiation into her shoulders and arms. She also complained of daily headaches, jaw pain, vertigo, and difficulty sleeping. Examination of her cervical spine revealed discomfort and tenderness to palpitation at C1-C7. Dr. White noted the presence of trigger points in the upper trapezius, myofascial sternocleidomastoid muscles and suboccinpitl areas. Examination of Ms. Johnson’s thoracic spine revealed tenderness to palpitation at T1-T12 and trigger points in the erector spinae muscles, and myofascial triggers points of the trapezius bilaterally. Spurlings and Soto Hall tests produced positive results. Ms. Johnson’s lumbar spine examination revleaed spasm of the erector spinae bilaterally, tenderness at L1 through L5 and S1. Straight leg test was positive in both right and left legs, Braggards sign test was positive bilaterally, and Patrick-Fabre test was positive on the left and right.

Dr. White diagnosed Ms. Johnson with a concussion, cervical sprain/strain injuries with somatic dysfunction, thoracic sprain strain with dysfunction, lumbar sprain/strain injuries with ligament instability, rotator cuff sprain/strain, medial epicondylitis, and vertigo/dizziness. He recommended chiropractic manipulation and physiotherapy in the form of heat and electrical stimulation.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

Ms. Johnson treated conservatively and found some relief, but continued to experience ongoing and increasing cervical, and lumbar pain, with radicular symptoms and headaches. Dr. White’s July 8, 2009 report noted cervical pain radiating into both arms with intermittent tingling and numbness into her hands. Her low back pain radiated into both lower extremities accompanied by intermittent numbness into both feet. Because of Ms. Johnson’s high pain levels and radicular symptoms, Dr. White referred her for a MRI of the lumbar spine. (See Part 3 of 4.)

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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