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$6.7M Verdict on a One-Level Low Back Fusion Case in Conservative California County – John Demas and Dan Kramer
June 14 @ 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
The case arose from a rear-end motor vehicle collision that occurred in Stanislaus County. It was an admitted liability case but defendants disputed the nature and extent of plaintiff’s injuries. where the plaintiff had a fusion at L5-S1 approximately two years after the crash. Plaintiff went from the scene by ambulance, was discharged with no imaging. She followed up with her primary care doctor and begin a course of chiropractic and physical therapy treatment. She was discharged from physical therapy with 0/10 pain and no restrictions noted approximately 6 months post-crash. However, her low back pain never entirely went away and she had an epidural injection and a S1 injection with no relief prior to undergoing a L5-S1 fusion surgery. Plaintiff was 40 years old at the time of the trial. She had a successful result from the surgery. No wage loss claim was being made. The jury included the past medical specials of $310,000 and future medical special of $650,000 and over $5,700,000 in non-economic damages, the largest non-death verdict in the County and believed to be one of the largest single-level fusion verdicts in California.