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Female driver rubbing her aching neck after accident

On January 7th, 2011, a 27 year old male resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida was involved in an automobile accident with a 17 year old male. The 17 year old was driving a Saab, while the 27 year old man was driving a Toyota. The driver of the Saab ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of the Toyota. A head-on collision ensued, and the results were a serious injury to the client.

After the accident occurred, the driver of the Toyota was a little shaken up, but did not seem to be severely injured. The next morning upon awakening, he found that he couldn’t even get out of bed due to excruciating pain in the neck and back. The man’s father proceeded to take him to the emergency room, where he was treated and released.

He began with a chiropractor. The man complained that he was suffering from constant neck and back pain as well as radiating pain from the buttocks and thighs. Due to this severe pain, he was unable to perform everyday activities that we perform with ease all the time.

MRI’s were taken on the man’s back and neck. The lumbar MRI showed that he had an L5-S1 herniation with annular tear impinging on the exiting foot nerve. This caused a footdrop in the man’s left foot. The cervical MRI showed a C5-6 herniation impinging on the ventral cord, C6-7 and C7-T1 herniations.

After these findings, he was eventually referred to a neurosurgeon, and the surgeon recommended that he have surgery on the following day. He underwent laminectomy and discectomy at L5-S1 level. He still continued to suffer from shooting pains from his back down into the left lower extremity.

Because the pain persisted, the surgeon told him that there was a “high potential likelihood” that he will require a fusion due to his spinal injury. This man’s life has essentially been ruined because of this freak accident. The Law Office of Gloria Seidule successfully settled the case.

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