Soft Tissue Car Crash Injuries Can Worsen Over Time
Car crash injuries that appear relatively unremarkable at first, frequently
evolve into more significant problems later. Brandi Williams, a registered
nurse in Texas, was recently awarded approximately $4 million in damages
by a jury who heard testimony regarding the facts of the accident that
she was involved in and the nature of her injuries. Williams, 32, was
traveling southbound on a Texas highway on April 4, 2011. A
large truck was ahead of her off on the right shoulder of the highway. According to
witnesses, the truck attempting a U-turn, cut across the highway in front
of Williams, causing her to crash into the truck at a high rate of speed.
Shortly after the accident, Williams was treated for
neck pain, head pain, and knee pain at a nearby hospital and released to follow
up with her primary doctor. After the accident, Williams began to feel
back pain in addition to the other injuries that were immediately apparent.
At that point, a few days after the truck accident, Williams sought chiropractic
treatment for her neck and back pain. Williams underwent MRI's of
her injured areas, which were unremarkable or normal. Unable to find the
source of her pain, she sought a second opinion from a pain management
doctor. This doctor treated her with injections of anesthetics in her
neck and radio-frequency nerve stimulation, which greatly relieved her
pain. Attempting to relieve her lower back pain, the doctor performed
lumbar discography injections, which did not result in any significant
reduction to her back pain.
Car Crash Injuries Litigation
After unsuccessfully attempting to resolve the case with the responsible
parties, Williams filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for her treatment,
lost wages, and
pain and suffering. The defense, seizing upon the MRI which showed unremarkable or normal
findings, in part claimed that Williams was motivated by secondary gain.
An accusation of being motivated by "secondary gain" is a euphemistic
way of saying that the injured person is faking in order to obtain money
from a fraudulently brought lawsuit. The jury was unimpressed. After a
four-day trial, the jury quickly returned a verdict for $3,990,254.58.