Article Focuses on Car Accidents
This article focuses on Florida car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian or bike accident cases that cause a neck injury in Florida. I wrote a separate article on slip, trip and fall cases and other premises cases that cause a neck injury in Florida or on a cruise.
Two Most Common Objective Neck Injuries
The two (2) most common objective neck injuries are herniated discs and bulging discs. I want to take a look at each one of these.
Herniated Disc Settlement Values in Florida Accidents
I’ve written several articles about herniated disc claims in Florida. These include:
- tips for your case if you are claiming that a car, truck or motorcycle crash caused your herniated disc.
- your case if you are claiming that a slip, trip or fall caused your herniated disc.
If someone’s negligence caused your bulging disc in a Florida accident, learn more about the settlement value.
Driver Gets $100,000 for Herniated Disc from Truck Crash
See a $100,000 settlement for a client who claimed a herniated disc when his car hit a truck that cut him off in Homestead, Florida.
Driver Gets $95,000 for Neck Injury from Car Accident
A driver hit my client.
Other Driver Arrested for DUI
The careless driver was arrested for DUI.
My client was diagnosed with a herniated disc. GEICO insured the DUI driver.
Surgery Was Recommended
Surgery was recommended but my client did not want to have surgery. My client did not miss any work as a result of this accident.
Cases where a drunk driver causes an accident are worth more than cases where the at-fault driver was simply careless. This is because a jury can award punitive damages in addition to general damages.
Juries often are bothered that a drunk driver caused an accident.
Pedestrian Gets $70,000 for Neck Injury and Other Injuries
Motorcycle Rider Gets $52,000 for Neck and other Injuries
I represented a motorcycle/scooter rider who was in a crash. It happened in North Miami Beach.
Driver Gets $39,000 for Neck Pain from Car Accident
A man was driving his pickup truck. Another driver blew a stop sign. They crashed in Pinecrest, Florida.
GEICO claims examiners Amanda Black and Brian Broussard handled this claim. I represented the injured man.
Star & Shield Insurance Exchange was the uninsured motorist insurer. Wilma Bledsoe of NARS handled the claim for them. They paid $19,000 of the total settlement.
$25,000 Settlement for Aggravation of Pre-Existing Neck Injury and Other Pain
I got a $25,000 settlement for a client who claimed that a car crash caused his neck pain. Another driver was cited for careless driving.
USAA paid $25,000. The accident happened in from Key Largo, Monroe County, Florida.
Driver Gets $25,000 for Neck and Back Injuries
See why a driver got $25,000 after a pickup truck rear ended in South Miami (near Kendall). He claimed that the crash caused or aggravated his neck and back injuries.
Driver Gets $20,000 for Neck and Other Injuries from Truck Crash
Lady Gets $20,000 for Neck Injury from Being Rear Ended
My client, a mother and wife, received chiropractic care for her personal injury. An MRI of her neck revealed a disc protrusion (herniation) which indented on the ventral (spinal) cord.
She also had multilevel disc bulges. The chiropractor stated that she should meet with an orthopedic doctor to discuss having neck surgery.
Her daughter and mother were also in her car. I also settled her daughter’s car crash claim for $10,000. (M.D.)
Driver Gets $20,000 for Neck Pain and other Injuries from Palmetto Bay Car Crash
My client was driving her car. A careless driver hit her in Palmetto Bay, Florida.
My client claimed she had neck pain, fibromyalgia, and other injuries. GEICO paid me $20,000 to settle.
$17,000 Settlement for Herniated Disc in Neck from Car Crash
Learn about a lady in her early 20’s who got a $17,000 settlement after another driver rear ended her. She claimed the crash caused two herniated discs (one in her neck).
Passenger Gets $14,000 for Neck and Other Injuries from Rollover Crash
A passenger was in an SUV being driven near West Miami and Coral Gables. A pickup truck driver crashed into him.
The impact send her car into a street light. It then rolled over.
Drunk Driver Was Arrested
He claimed that the accident caused his neck and back pain. Progressive paid $15,000 to settle this case.
I represented the passenger.
Lady Gets $10,000 for Neck Pain and Other Injuries from Broward Car Crash
See a case where a lady got a $10,000 settlement after a driver crashed into her and left the scene. She claimed neck, back, shoulder and hip pain.
Man Hit by Mini Van Gets $8,000 for Neck Pain and Other Injuries
Our client was standing in a car dealership parking lot in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A mini van backed up and hit him at an idle speed.
Our client’s knees buckled and he fell to the ground. He complained of lower back pain.
A few months prior to this accident, he had knee surgery. Immediately after this accident, he complained of knee pain. He did not have any swelling in his knee.
Miami-Dade Fire rescue came to the scene. Our client walked to the ambulance stretcher. He was put on a backboard.
Paramedics Put Neck Collar on the Injured Man
The paramedics put a neck collar on our client. They transported him to Homestead Hospital.
State Farm Insured the Driver
The driver said that he barely hit our client. He said that if contact was made, it was at a very low-speed.
Our client received therapy for several months after the accident. The final diagnosis was:
- Lumbar sprain/strain
- Cervical sprain/strain (Resolved).
- Sprain/strain of the knee
- Contusion to the knee
- Residual Lumbalgia
- Knee injury complicated by prior injury and surgery
- Patellar Dysfunction
Driver Gets $7,500 Settlement for Neck Sprain from Minor Crash
For our client, a driver, who was injured. A hit and run driver hit his car and fled the scene.
Has MRI of Cervical Spine
About 1 month later, he had an MRI of the cervical spine. It showed a C5-C6 paracentral disk protrusion, moderate in size, compressing upon the thecal sac.
He treated for four months from the date of the accident.
Neck Pain Goes Away
At the end of his treatment, the diagnosis was a lumbar strain.
I argued to the insurance company that punitive damages would be awarded since the negligent driver fled the accident scene.
An injured victim may be able to get punitive damages if the car that hits him or her leaves the accident scene.
Metlife Insured the Careless Driver
$1.9 Million Verdict for Neck Surgery from Car Crash in Orange County, Florida
See this case where a jury awarded $1.9 million to a car crash victim. She had a:
- cervical discectomy and a three (3) level disc replacement
- cervical discogram
- epidural injections to the neck and back
$1,000,000+ Verdict for C4-C5 (Neck) Herniated Disc in Palm Beach County, Florida Car Crash
This isn’t my case. Learn about this $1,000,000+ verdict for a driver who claimed a C4-C5 herniated disc after he was hit from behind in Palm Beach County, Florida.
$350,000 was Awarded for Pain and Suffering; No Surgery
Man Wins $441,000 for Herniated Disc in Neck and Other Injuries
$210,000 Was For Pasta nd Future Pain and Suffering
A man claimed that a head on car crash caused his herniated a disc in his neck and lower back. He also claimed erectile dysfunction and a spinal cord bruise.
Careless Driver Was Uninsured
He Sued His Uninsured Motorist Insurer, Allstate
The case name is Allstate Insurance Company v. Marotta, 125 So. 3d 956 – Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 4th Dist. 2013.
Jury Awards Royal Caribbean Employee $192,000 for Pain and Suffering
See why a jury awarded a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line employee $192,000 for pain and suffering for:
- a compressed nerve in her neck
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- a performed a median nerve neurotomy, neurolysis and exploration
She was hurt while working.
Car Crash Victim Wins $211,000 for Back, Neck and Ankle Injuries
This isn’t my case. See why a jury awarded a Lee County, Florida car crash victim $211,000 for his neck, back and ankle injuries. He sued the sheriff and State Farm.
Driver Gets $220,000 for Cervical Disc (C4-C5) Herniation
This isn’t my case. In 2012, a 31 year old teacher was driving a car in Boynton Beach when was hit by a car that ran a red light.
She Complained of Neck Pain at the Hospital
She was taken to the hospital and complained of neck pain. Her orthopedic diagnosed her with a cervical (neck) disc herniation at C4-5.
She treated with a chiropractor. She complained of neck pain.
Jury Says Herniated Disc is Permanent Injury
The jury, in Broward County, found that she had a permanent injury.
Jury Awards $100,000 for Pain and Suffering
She was given $100,00 in pain and suffering. $80,000 of that amount was for future pain and suffering, and $20,000 was for past pain and suffering.
Jury Awards $120,000 for Medical Care
The jury awarded her $100,000 for future medical treatment. She was awarded $20,000 for past medical treatment which reflects the fact that she did not treat that much.
My thoughts: The $100,000 that she was awarded in pain and suffering for the herniated disc is about $25,000 more than the average settlement range that I use as a starting point for the pain and suffering component of a herniated disc.
She is expected to leave another 45 years or so. The jury basically awarded her $2,000 of pain and suffering for each year for the rest of her life.
Lady Gets $180,000 for Epidurals to Her Neck; Only 15k for Pain and Suffering
See this $180,000 verdict for epidural injections to the neck after a car crash in a Florida Walmart parking lot.
Harder to Get Money For Neck Pain than Fractures in Car Crash Cases
It may be more difficult to get pain and suffering damages in a neck injury case than if you have a broken bone, such as a wrist fracture or knee fracture. This is because you have to prove that your neck pain was caused by the crash.
Some Doctors Will Say Neck Pain is Not Related to Car Accident
Some doctors will say that long term neck pain isn’t related to a wreck. Doctors will agree that a fracture is caused by a crash.
Did someone’s carelessness cause your neck injury or other injury in an accident in Florida, or on a cruise or boat?
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated.