Sacramento Car Accident Results in Million Dollar Settlement, Part 1 of 2

The following blog entry is written to illustrate how a car accident lawsuit might follow. Reviewing this kind of case 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 car accident lawsuit and its proceedings.)

INJURIES: Wallace sustained right (dominant) shoulder impingement syndrome as well as radiculopathy in his neck. After the accident, he was taken to an emergency room, where he was treated and released. He underwent several months of conservative treatment, including chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain medication and epidural and facet injections.

On Jan. 5, 2006, plaintiff Sam Wallace, 57, an office manager, was reportedly rear-ended at 35 mph by Ronald German on the 605 Freeway in Sacramento.

Wallace sued German and his employer ABC Electrical Contractors Inc., for motor vehicle negligence and vicarious liability. Wallace asserted that the accident resulted from German’s inattentiveness.

Wallace underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and an anterior cervical decompression and fusion at C5-7 with right structural iliac crest autograft instrumentation on Sept. 5, 2006. The fusion alleviated the radiculopathy, but did not cure the severe, ongoing headaches.

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

Post-surgery films indicated a successful surgery, however Wallace alleged continuing, severe pain. He claimed that he was unable to return to work following the accident due to these symptoms.

The plaintiff orthopedic surgery expert testified that, while his X-rays revealed that Wallace had degenerative disc disease, there was no evidence of complaints of pain, indicating that the auto accident was the cause of the pain and the need for his cervical fusion.

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

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