Monster PI Verdict in Conservative Santa Barbara County with Dr. Okada, DC
Edwin Alvarez, age 36, driving westbound on Highway 154 near Lake Cachuma. Defendant Nielson an employee of defendant Santa Ynez Feed was working at the time of the accident.
Defendant was driving a 2005 Ford F-450 truck. Neilson made an unsafe left turn from a dirt road onto Highway 154 into Alvarez’s path – and accelerating his speed to avoid Alvarez. The total impact was 45 mph.
Alvarez sought initial care with Sonny Okada, DC of Oxnard. After conservative care Dr. Okada made key referrals to board certified orthopedic surgeon Moshe Wilker MD. The MRI’s confirm source of pain from L4 – L5. After a series epidurals and chiropractic care the pain was intractable, and interbody fusion was performed. In addition, Alvarez suffered from a rotator cuff shoulder pain.
Defendant insurance argued the fusion surgery was not needed.
Alvarez lost both of his jobs.
The jury’s verdict gave a total of $1,436,403.48 to Alvarez.
Alvarez vs. Santa Ynez Feed, Santa Barbara Co, NO 1460762, Honorable Timothy Staffel.
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Routine Freeway Rear-Ender Turns Into Monster Case
Kristin is a 55-year-old high level accountant serving sophisticated and demanding clients. She was rear ended on the 91 Freeway in stop and go traffic. The impact forced her to strike the car in front of her and that car was forced to strike a fourth car.
Her life began to spin out of control. The City of Corona Fire Department transferred her to the local ER. Initially she sought care from a local competent chiropractor. The DC offered conservative care but also referred Kristin to a local marriage and family counselor (MFC) for sudden crying spells.
Her pain became intractable. Her first orthopedist evaluation suggested surgical intervention. We suggested she stay close to her DC and get independent opinions. She sought two Pain Management referrals before deciding to try epidurals in lieu of surgery. The epidurals were temporarily effective.
Sadly, Kristin lost many important clients due to her constant pain and loss of work focus.
She was referred to a clinical psychologist who determined that Kristin suffered a Temporary Brain Injury due to the air bags exploding in her face.
With this evidence the defendant tendered his policy limits of $100,000. Yet her case isn’t completed. Kristin had the good judgment to purchase a $1,000,000 under-insured motorist policy. Currently, Kristin is receiving conservative chiropractic and acupuncture care. She is also under the care of a prominent neuro surgeon. Both the DC and MD are co-managing her care.
The UIM case, to date, is not yet resolved.
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