PLAINTIFF RECOVERS FROM LEFT TURNING DRIVER IN LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA AUTO ACCIDENT
On 8/7/09, Plaintiff was driving on a four lane divided road in Lynchburg, Virginia when Defendant pulled out from her employer’s parking lot in front of Plaintiff’s vehicle in an attempt to turn left, which caused the front of Plaintiff’s vehicle to strike the driver’s side of Defendant’s vehicle. Plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck and back with radiating pain and numbness down her arms and legs. The MRI of the lumbar spine showed a small central posterior annular tear with a superimposed small broad based disc protrusion at L5-S1. A lumbar myelogram found some extrinsic mass effect on the right nerve roots exiting at the L4-5 level. Plaintiff had several sets of epidural steroid injections to her L4-5 and L5-S1, cervical medial branch blocks at C2 and C3 (due to symptomatic disc bulges found on MRI), physical therapy and pain management and a large lost wage claim (she claimed she could no longer take care of elderly clients, which required much driving). She also used a cane at times to walk. This case involved extensive negotiations with Defendant’s auto liability insurance carrier and the workers’ compensation carrier to reach a global settlement of her bodily injury claim and workers compensation claim.