Defendant admitted liability but disputed the claims of neck injury. Refused $100K policy limits demand.
Past medical expenses: $17,244
Future medical expenses: $125,000
Rejali Law Firm, APC by Omid Rejali, San Diego.
Law offices of Scott D. Schabacker by Scott D. Schabacker, San Diego.
William Tontz, Jr., M.D., orthopedic surgery, San Diego.
Stephen Heilman, D.C., chiropractic, Escondido. (Treating chiropractor.)
Kenneth Ott, M.D., orthopedic surgery, San Diego.
Stephen Rothman, M.D., radiology.
On October 12, 2016 plaintiff was driving to her mother’s house to pick up her 5-month-old baby when defendant made an illegal U-turn directly in her right of way.
As a result of the crash, plaintiff sustained injuries to her cervical spine, specifically that she lost the lordosis of her neck. Plaintiff also contended that she suffered from a facet injury in the C5/C6 region, which became chronic.
That the crash was minor and at best plaintiff suffered a strain/sprain of her neck that should have been healed in 6 to 8 weeks.
That all of plaintiff’s treatments were on liens and attorney-manufactured. That plaintiff over-treated.
Defendant’s called Dr. Rothman who contended that plaintiff could have manipulated the X-rays to show that her neck had lost its curvature. Defendant’s also called a physical therapist who previously had treated plaintiff for a prior back injury. She testified that plaintiff had prior back problems and suffered 1-rated pain in her back.
Loss of cervical lordosis; chronic neck pain; facet injury.