Don't Lie To Your Lawyer


The following is a true account of an actual case I handled on a client’s behalf (as always, names and details have been omitted in order to protect the identity and confidentiality of the client!):

A mutual friend introduced me to a man that had been in a rear-end accident. While waiting at a red light to turn left, he had been forcefully struck from behind by another driver who obviously was not paying attention. He declined an ambulance, but had a friend take him to the emergency room, where he complained of severe pain in the head, neck, lower back, and right hip.

X-rays revealed no fractures, so he received some pain prescriptions and was discharged to follow up with his own doctor. He then went to see an orthopedic doctor, and told that doctor that he had never before received any injury to his head, neck, back, or hip. He said the same to me when I interviewed him.

Based upon this information, the orthopedic doctor referred the man to undergo MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans of the neck and back. These scans revealed some serious and major injuries, specifically, herniated (i.e., ruptured) vertebral discs in the neck and in the lumbar spine, and irritation of the right-side nerve roots in the lower back. Therefore, it seemed like all of the symptoms the man was complaining about were consistent with, and confirmed by, the objective findings of this exam. Because of the extent of these findings, the doctor did not think physical therapy could help, and said steroid injections would be needed in the upper and lower spine, and quite likely, surgery. The man did not have health insurance or out of pocket funds to undergo surgery, however.

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