Injured passenger delays seeking medical treatment for lower back pain, later claims back injury with need for surgery.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP by Robert Glassman and Nathan Werksman, Los Angeles.
Macdonald & Cody by Michael Moon, Riverside.
Todd Gravori, M.D., neurosurgery, Los Angeles.
Vikram Singh, M.D., pain management/anesthesiology, Los Angeles.
Kenneth Solomon, Ph.D., biomechanic engineering and accident reconstruction, Woodland Hills.
On August 3, 2015, plaintiff, a 19-year-old female, was a passenger in a car driven by her sister when she was rear-ended in Bakersfield by a work van driven by defendant Brent Robinson and owned by defendant Kevin Wood.
Plaintiff waited 17 days to go to the emergency room to complain of back pain and pain radiating down her leg. Plaintiff received medical treatment, including chiropractic care, an MRI which showed a 10-mm disc herniation, and a discectomy/laminectomy at the L5-S1 level.
That the rear-end collision was caused as a result of defendant's negligence. Further, that the rear-end collision caused plaintiff's disc herniation, which necessitated surgery and will result in plaintiff needing surgery in the future.
Until the eve of trial, defendant driver claimed that plaintiff's sister cut him off, causing the collision.
Defendants also argued that plaintiff's disc herniation was pre-existing and that plaintiff was exaggerating injuries and that medical treatment was all attorney-driven. Defendants repeatedly noted that at plaintiff's first visit with the chiropractor, she did not note radiating pain down her left leg. Additionally, defendants repeatedly noted that on the same day plaintiff first visited the chiropractor, she told her employer that ibuprofen "got rid of low back pain."
10-mm disc herniation caused low back pain and radiating pain down her left leg.