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Automobile AccidentSuccessful Settlement After Severe Auto Accident

Our client was seriously hurt in an auto accident while she was functioning as a vehicle driver. She was a guest in the vehicle when her group chauffeur pounded on the brakes to prevent an accident with an additional car.

Our client was thrown onward and slammed against the truck’s interior. She experienced a severe injury to her neck, which required fusion surgery. Days before the hearing, the insurance company consented to pay $200,000 to settle the case.


What is Double Crush Syndrome?


She also suffered a “double crush” injury to her median nerve. The median nerve runs from the cervical (neck) area of the spine to both wrists. Sometimes, when the median nerve in the neck is injured, the injury can cause carpal tunnel in the wrists.

Double crush syndrome is a distinctive compression at two or more areas along the training course of an outer nerve that can coexist and synergistically enhance sign strength. Additionally, discontentment after therapy at one site may result from consistent pathology at an additional site along a peripheral nerve.

To better take care of clients’ assumptions, treating experts must understand the possibility of concomitant cervical radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the visibility of underlying systemic neuropathy.

Double crush syndrome was initially referred to as two compressive lesions along the course of a solitary peripheral nerve leading to symptomatic pathology; nevertheless, this narrow interpretation is questionable and insufficient. A complete understanding of the disease process remains evasive, although continuing research has expanded our expertise in this appealing pathologic procedure.

The present understanding of this sensation considers systemic and vascular pathologic aspects as components of compressive pathology. Double crush syndrome is a concern that medical professionals must know when reviewing individuals with consolidated signs and symptoms of not only proximal and distal nerve compression but also systemic disease as well as polyneuropathy.

A combination of patient background, physical exam searchings, selective radiographic imaging, and electromyography should be used to diagnose double crush syndromes. Monitoring should concentrate on the exact medical diagnosis and therapy of all contributing pathology.

Unfortunately, that is what happened to our client. The accident and treatment left our client with painful, permanent injuries.


Another Great Result after a Double Crush Injury


We filed a workers’ compensation claim against the trucking company. The company at first refused to pay anything for our client’s permanent injuries. We hired experts and prepared the case for hearing. After seeing that we were prepared to try the case, the company agreed to pay our client $200,000.

The accident happened while our client was at work. We filed a workers’ compensation claim to recover benefits under Missouri workers’ compensation law. The insurance company initially refused to pay our client anything, claiming that her permanent injuries were not caused by the accident. We hired medical and vocational experts to prepare the case for trial.


Understanding Workers’ Compensation and Its Role in Double Crush Injury Cases


The workers’ compensation system provides injured workers with medical care, wage replacement, and payment for permanent injuries that occur on the job. It is a no-fault system, meaning that an employee does not have to prove that the employer was at fault for the injury. Instead, it only needs to be shown that the injury occurred while on the job.

In cases such as our client’s, where there are injuries to multiple parts of the body, it can be challenging to determine which damage was caused by the accident and which was pre-existing. This is where the concept of double crush syndrome becomes essential.

If an employee already has a pre-existing injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or cervical radiculopathy, and then suffers another injury at work that exacerbates the pre-existing condition, they may have a claim for workers’ compensation benefits due to the “double crush” effect. In these cases, the employee may receive compensation for the original pre-existing injury and the aggravated injury caused by the workplace accident.


Seeking Legal Help


Our client’s case is a prime example of why it is crucial to seek legal help after being injured on the job. Without an experienced attorney, our client may not have received the full extent of benefits that she was entitled to. We were able to use our knowledge and expertise in workers’ compensation law and our understanding of double crush syndrome to secure a favorable outcome for our client.

Suppose you have been injured on the job. In that case, seeking legal counsel from a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation law is essential. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers and has a track record of success in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.


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