Our client was driving south on a Louisiana highway. As she passed an intersection, another driver in a company-owned car made a left turn from the northbound lane, pulling out in front of her vehicle in the southbound lane. The vehicles met in a massive car accident.
When an ambulance arrived at the scene, our client was transported to the emergency room for treatment of her injuries. At the hospital, she complained of pain in the chest wall, ribs, and leg. She was given prescription medication, restricted from work, and instructed to follow up with her regular doctor.
Injured Woman’s Recovery Delayed By Medical Complications
After the accident, the client continued to experience a lot of pain, especially on the left-side of her ribs, neck, and shoulder. She also had issues with tingling and numbness in her left hand. She missed more time at work as she healed, and the pain kept her awake at night. Her doctor diagnosed a chest-wall contusion and prescribed further medication, but she was still having symptoms. She saw her doctor again and was treated with a “trigger point” injection in her shoulder to help relieve her symptoms.
Our client was very thin and petite. Although the injection was meant to alleviate her pain, the needle pierced her lung during the procedure, causing the lung to collapse. The client was quickly admitted to the hospital, where she underwent chest tube placement. Although she did eventually recover with no residual problems, the complications related to the collapsed lung significantly lengthened the healing process for her accident injuries.
Client Relieved As Complex Case Settles In Mediation
Our client chose Attorney David Walker for help based on his reputation in the local community. Although it was a difficult case that included a lot of moving parts, David reassured the client and explained what to expect as the legal process moved forward.
The client’s legal case was complicated for a number of reasons, including:
- The car that hit her was a company car driven by an employee, meaning that the employer and its insurance company would be involved.
- Her medical expenses related to the accident were significantly more than they likely would have been without the lung complications.
- The defense argued against her claims for compensation for some portions of her medical treatment.
These added difficulties meant that extensive documentation and evidence would be very important in supporting the client’s claims. David made sure the client was as comfortable as possible as he prepared her case and tracked down all the records needed. He made attempts to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company on the client’s behalf, all the while building up a strong presentation of the facts and issues in the client’s case.
Ultimately, the client’s case settled favorably in mediation, and she was happy with the result. Once her pain and symptoms resolved, she was able to return to work, and she had no residual problems once her medical treatment was completed. The settlement would help her pay her medical bills, support her husband and children, and move on with her life. David was also pleased that he could help the client get a good outcome: “I thought the result was excellent, and we were very happy with the resolution of her case.”
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