Minimum Impact Car Wreck Settles for $300,000 | Aggravates Herniated Disk Injuries
Posted On January 5, 2012
Author: Gordon McKernan
Attorney Richard Zimmerman, III and Gordon McKernan represent a 38-year-old electrician who was driving his car on LA Highway 946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He came to a complete stop waiting to make a left turn when he was rear-ended by another person. The total damage to our client’s vehicle was $800.
Our client had a long history of treating for pre-existing back pain due to a herniated disk at the L4-5 level. He was receiving medical treatment for the same when he was involved in the car wreck. After the accident he had an MRI, which did not show a change in his pre-existig herniated disk. However, our client argued that the accident aggravated his symptoms and increased his pain greatly, which in turn he was no longer able to avoid surgery.
As a result of the accident and severe pain, the plaintiff underwent a minimally invasive lumbar hemilaminectomy. The defendants contested causation arguing that the plaintiff had a history of chronic back pain and no change in the MRI post-accident. The case was resolved at mediation for $300,000.
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Gordon McKernan graduated with his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he joined McKernan Law Firm and has been practicing law ever since. He is the owner of the firm, and his primary area of practice is representing ‘ordinary people’ who have been injured because of another’s disregard.