Auto Accident Injuries Refuted Resulting In Favorable Settlement
September 20, 2018
This case involved a rear-end accident between two vehicles on Interstate 64 in the Township of Caseyville, in plaintiff-friendly St. Clair County, Illinois. Plaintiff filed her lawsuit against the Defendant alleging that the Defendant negligently drove his vehicle into the back of her vehicle and that her injuries were a direct and proximate result of that accident.
Following the accident, Plaintiff presented to the emergency room where CT-scans of her head and neck came back unremarkable. In the months that followed, she sought care from her doctor, a family practice physician, and sought treatment irregularly at a physical therapy facility over the course of one month. She experienced little or no improvement during this time.
She was eventually advised by the physical therapy personnel to discontinue her treatment with them. She then sought the care of Dr. Matthew Gornet at the recommendation of her sister-in-law. Dr. Gornet performed an MRI on April 18, 2016 and indicated that injuries were shown in her cervical spine at C5-6 and C6-7.
After meeting with Dr. Gornet, Plaintiff’s treatment became more aggressive. She received injections at both the C5-6 and C6-7. After receiving only temporary relief from the injections, Plaintiff elected to proceed with a cervical disc replacement on September 2, 2016.
Plaintiff maintained her demand of $2 million even after the medication. Working closely with four experts (medical billing, bio mechanical, neuroradiological and an orthopedic expert) we were able to refute Plaintiff’s claims and show exaggeration of her injuries, pain, treatment needed and charges for that treatment.
Less than a week after our experts were disclosed, Plaintiff accepted our offer of a small percentage of the initial demand.