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Chicago Accident Attorney Reaches Car Crash Settlement

Auto Accident Lawyers from Abels & Annes, P.C. have resolved an injury case for one of our clients involved in a car accident. On August 31, 2008, the plaintiff was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Chicago Road and 33rd Street in Steger, Illinois waiting to make a right turn. At that time, another car was stopped at the same intersection in the left lane. The other driver then decided to make a right turn from the left lane and struck our client’s vehicle. As a result of the auto accident, our client had sustained pain and discomfort in her back and neck. In addition, she also felt tingling and numbness in her right arm. That evening the severity of her pain increased and she had difficulty sleeping.

The next day our client sought medical care at Saint Margaret Mercy Medical Center, where she complained of back and neck pain, with right arm tingling and numbness. Her history was taken and she was examined. Hospital physicians also ordered x-rays and prescribed her pain medication. She was diagnosed with acute cervical, thoracic, and lumbar strain.

On September 4, 2008, our client followed up with a medical doctor. The physician diagnosed her with lower back and neck pain with muscle spasms. He also prescribed more pain medication and ordered an MRI. The MRI was taken the next day on her lumbar spine. The MRI results discovered a slight disc bulge at L5-S1. A cervical X-ray was also taken, which was normal.

Over the next several weeks the client’s pain continued, and on October 9, 2008 she followed up another doctor. At that time, she complained of pain in her back, neck, arm, and leg. Furthermore, she told the doctor that the back pain was a throbbing ache, the pain was worse when sitting, and she rated the pain an 8 out of 10. However, she said that her neck pain was worse with activity. The doctor prescribed physical therapy.

On October 15, 2008 our client began physical therapy. Her treatment consisted of electric stimulation, manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, hot/cold packs, and neuromuscular re-education. Over a period of one month she completed ten physical therapy sessions, and she reported improved neck and back pain. After her completion of the ten sessions our client was discharged from physical therapy.

The car crash case settled for just under $12,000. State Farm insured the defendant.

This type of case can be worth more in court and we recommended a lawsuit to our client. However, she did not want to litigate and instructed us to settle.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, contact attorneys from Abels & Annes, P.C. to speak to a lawyer.