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Auto Accident - Ruptured discs
Stafford County Circuit Court
Highest offer made by the insurance company - $25,000
Jury's verdict $150,000
Thirty years before his auto accident, plaintiff had back surgery, a lamincetomy. He was never completely asymptomatic after the lamincetomy. Thirty years later, plaintiff and defendant collided at the intersection of a service road and the driveway of Roy Rogers Restaurant. Defendant contended that plaintiff was speeding and on the wrong side of the road.
After the collision, plaintiff did not feel pain until he bent over to pick up his tools which had fallen off the seat of his truck. Plaintiff went to work that morning but was treated later that day for a lumbar strain. He was treated off and on by the initial treating physician for nine months. One year after the accident, plaintiff saw another physician who initially diagnosed his hip pain as bursitis. Later, this physician changed his diagnosis to rupture of the L3-L4 and L4-L5 discs and operated to remove the disc and fuse the spine. After surgery, his pain improved but he was unable to return to his former level of activity.------------------------------------------
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