With over 70 years of combined experience with personal injury claims, the attorneys at Lipkin & Higgins are prepared to assist clients who have been involved in car accidents. Injuries as a result of an auto accident don’t always develop instantly, but can intensify over time. This was the case for an Illinois man who sustained injuries that progressed and required surgery one year after his car accident.
D.B., a former client, contacted the personal injury lawyers of Lipkin & Higgins about a car accident. The auto accident seemed to be minor at first, with minimal property damage, and the client having only mild complaints of knee pain at the accident scene. Over the next several days and weeks, however, D.B's condition worsened, with complaints of low back and shoulder pain, and hearing loss. D.B. underwent a year of physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and pain meds, without relief. He was off work for the entire year. Finally, he was referred to a spinal specialist who felt that a lumbar fusion surgery was required.
D.B. was fearful of undergoing such a procedure at age 62, but eventually agreed to have it. The surgery proved successful, although D.B. still has complaints of knee pain. After surgery, we were able to resolve D.B.'s car accident case for policy limits of $250,000, before suit had to be filed. This personal injury case serves to remind us that no two people respond the same way to an injury or to medical treatment. Sometimes appearances are deceiving: minor property damage and modest complaints of injury at the accident scene can result in major surgery down the road.