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Soft Tissue Injury Settlement in Auto Accident


For the protection of our clients’ identities, Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm uses initials to represent the victim in each case. The privacy and security of our clients is of the highest importance to us. The purpose of these case studies is solely to establish the importance of each client’s experience with Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm and our ability to fight on their behalf for optimal personal injury compensation for their auto accident.

The experienced injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm, located near your area, possess over 15 years of expertise in assisting clients seeking medical treatment and pursuing soft tissue injury settlements following an automobile accident. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

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C.S. is a 32-year-old female, was rear-ended while trying to avoid hitting another vehicle. As a result, she suffered from persistent neck and back pain resulting in soft tissue injury.

The soft tissue injury necessitated careful evaluation of long-term medical expenses, amounting to a total of $27,000.00 in the soft tissue injury settlement.

However, after receiving treatment for only two months, she decided against pursuing a claim for future medical expenses. Upon enlisting the services of Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm, her case was successfully resolved, resulting in a soft tissue injury settlement of $19,700.00.

The Scene

The accident occurred on May 18, 2015, around 4:00 p.m. in Mesa, Arizona, while C.S. was on her way home from work. C.S. was driving a 2014 GMC Sierra with herself and her five passengers Eastbound on SR-202 in Mesa, Arizona.

C.S. had to unexpectedly brake because a vehicle suddenly swerved from the lane to her right into the lane directly in front of her. Immediately after breaking, C.S. was rear-ended by the vehicle behind her.

The Arizona Highway Patrol responded to the accident, conducted an investigation, and cited the party who rear-ended C.S. The office asked if C.S. needed medical attention, and an ambulance and EMTs were called to the scene. Her passengers were uninjured.

This was reported to the auto accident lawyer. The officer determined a citation was appropriate after interviewing C.S., the driver who rear-ended her, and witnesses who saw the accident occur.

Applicable Law

The at-fault party was cited at the scene for violating A.R.S. 28-701A, failure to control speed to avoid a collision. “A person shall not drive a vehicle on a highway at speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, conditions, and actual and potential hazards then existing.

A person shall control the speed of a vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with any object, person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, entering, or adjacent to the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to exercise reasonable care for the protection of others.”

Initial Injuries

C.S. had been dealing with back issues prior to the accident and was admitted to Banner Desert Medical Center via ambulance. At Banner Desert, C.S. was evaluated for soft tissue injury, neck sprain or strain, and back pain (acute or chronic). The discharge instructions from Banner Desert suggested rest, ice and heat, over-the-counter medication, and physical therapy if the pain got worse.

Seven days after the collision, C.S.’s pain worsened despite rest and over-the-counter pain medication. She could no longer withstand the pain, so she presented to Banner Goldfield Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with body aches and back sprain/strain. She was provided pain medications.

C.S. then presented to Mountain Vista Medical Center, where she continued her diagnosing process. She was diagnosed with headache, tension, and acute myofascial strain. She was prescribed pain medications.

Upon the recommendation of her doctor, C.S began treatment at Southwest Spine & Rehab, where she was diagnosed with:

  1. Lumbar intervertebral disc displacement without myelopathy.
  2. Thoracic and lumbar neuritis.
  3. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar sprain/strain.
  4. Headaches.
  5. Scoliosis.
  6. Spasm of muscle.
  7. Non-allopathic lesions in cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions.

She elected to continue with chiropractic therapy to help assist her with her soft tissue injury.

C.S. had an MRI done of her lumbar spine, which indicated a disc bulge at L4-5 and a disc herniation at L5-S1.

After treating for 30 days with the chiropractor and feeling that while her pain had improved, she still had significant pain in the left side of her body, C.S. began treatment with AZ Pain Treatment Center.

She attended 2 visits with her pain management doctor, and they recommended epidural treatments for her soft tissue injury.

C.S.’s medical bills were around $27,000.00. Nearly $11,000 of the medical expenses were future medical bills for anticipating pain management treatment. After the settlement, counsel was able to reduce medical bills so that C.S. received a total payout of around $7,200.00.

Additional Losses

C.S. claimed no lost wages as a result of this accident. She was able to continue with work. Her treating physician believed she should take time off work due to her soft tissue injury. However, she was unable to.

Soft Tissue Injury Settlement: Insurance Involvement

C.S. had health insurance at the time of the accident and used it when treating her soft tissue injury.

C.S. had car insurance at the time of the accident through American Family. She did not use her own insurance policy for her bodily injuries.

However, she did use her car insurance for the repair of her vehicle. This ultimately caused her auto insurance to request the at-fault driver’s insurance reimburse them for the payment. As a result of using her car insurance, her premiums did not increase.

American Family was the insurance carrier for the at-fault driver. American Family accepted full liability for the driver’s negligence approximately 10 days after it occurred.

This happened after receiving the police report and concluding an investigation with their insured.

Conclusion and Settlement

In conclusion, $19,700.00 was reached on December 7, 2015, just under seven months from the date of the accident. C.S. was happy with the results of this case and the help of her auto accident lawyer.

As a result of the Arizona auto accident, C.S., the victim, was awarded a soft tissue injury settlement totaling $5,999.00. This amount covered her bodily injuries, including the payment of medical bills, as well as attorney’s fees and costs.

C.S. was in treatment for less than 2 months for her soft tissue injury. Despite the significant injuries she suffered, namely a herniated and bulging disc, her choice was to forgo the $11,000 in pain treatment, greatly harming the financial value of her case.

However, her family obligations put her in a position of not being able to seek the treatment that she medically needed consistently for her soft tissue injury.

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How Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm Can Help You

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries and medical treatment for their soft tissue injury. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located in your area.

If you need medical treatment after a car accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area, including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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a month ago

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a year ago

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2 years ago

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