Ms. B was driving on 316 when a pickup truck pulled out in front of her, causing a crash that fractured a bone in her neck. BBGA personal injury attorney Michael Ruppersburg helped her secure a $100,000 settlement for her injuries. This was a significant result because it was more than three times her medical bills and in Morgan County, a conservative county without a history of significant verdicts and settlements.
Pickup Truck Fails to Yield Causing Crash
Ms. B was driving on University Parkway (Georgia State Route 316) when a pickup truck at the Barber Creek Road Intersection in Statham pulled out in front of her. The collision was unavoidable, and the driver of the pickup truck was ticketed by police at the scene.
Following the crash Ms. B was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital with injuries to her neck and knees. She also had obvious seatbelt abrasions, chest pain, and some numbness in her left arm with pain radiating to her right shoulder and neck.
Constant Pain Requires Ongoing Treatment and Therapy
Ms. B experienced constant pain in her back, shoulders, arms and neck following the crash. A cervical spine CT scan confirmed an acute fracture of the anterior tubercle of the left transverse process at C6. Basically, she had fractured her neck. There are two transverse processes that extend off each vertebra in the spine, one on each side. This is where some muscles and ligaments of the back attach to the spine. There is a strong association between transverse process fractures and other traumatic injuries. The C6 vertebra is the sixth cervical vertebra of the spine. It is found in the base of the neck and plays an important role in supporting and protecting the structures of the head and neck as well as anchoring the muscles that move and support the neck.
Ms. B also suffered contusions to her ribcage and abdomen, a head injury, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, and burning, numbness and tingling to her skin. She was given morphine injections to help manage her pain and discharged with a neck brace, shoulder sling, and pain medications.
Despite the pain medications and other treatment, Ms. B continued to have constant pain and headaches. She underwent physical therapy and suffered from decreased mobility, difficulty sleeping, muscle spasm, tenderness, tingling, weakness and stiffness. For months she saw doctors for ongoing pain on the right side of her neck that radiated down into her rotator cuff area and head. Ms. B began undergoing massage therapy to help with the pain. With time and treatment, she made a good recovery and is back to her normal activities. Her total medical bills exceeded $32,000.
Michael was able to resolve the case for $100,000, the limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. We are pleased to have helped Ms. B with her case and wish her well.