In this accident case, we represented a 43-year old woman who was rear-ended while traveling on the 101 freeway in Scottsdale, Arizona. The impact propelled our client’s car into the rear of the vehicle in front of her. Our client briefly lost consciousness after the initial impact, and she was transported to a level one trauma center for care. On admittance, she complained of neck and back pain and severe headaches with mental fogginess.
Our client’s neck and back pain eventually improved with physical therapy, but she continued having painful migraines. In addition, she experienced troublesome short-term memory loss and word-finding difficulties. For this, she sought treatment from a neurologist who, after examination and evaluation, diagnosed her with mild post-concussive syndrome and trauma-induced migraine headache.
Despite continuing treatment, our client’s language and cognitive problems did not improve and, nearly one year after the accident, she underwent a neuropsychological evaluation. The neuropsychologist concluded, based on the test results, that she suffered residual cognitive deficits with signs of frontal lobe involvement secondary to her motor vehicle accident. In other words, the accident caused a brain injury.
The neuropsychologist recommended further treatment with a speech therapist to help with her language and communication deficits. Given the possibility of a permanent impairment and future medical expenses, the responsible driver’s insurance company offered to settle our client’s claim for the full policy limits of $100,000. Our client’s own insurance company paid an additional $25,000, for a total settlement of $125,000.
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