The insurance industry argues that osteoarthritis is caused by aging or wear and tear. Current medical studies show otherwise, and you need a lawyer that has access to expert witnesses that can convincingly show that a 31-year-old should not be suffering from osteoarthritis in the spine. I just presented an occupational medicine doctor for deposition in a case where the railroad alleged that the man's shoulder condition was caused by old age. My expert agreed that the condition was osteoarthritis, but differed with the railroad's doctor about the cause. She convincingly argued that the osteoarthritis was caused in the shoulder of a 52-year-old man not by old age, but by excessive use of heavy hand tools without allowing adequate recovery time. The railroad filed a motion to strike her testimony. They lost. This doctor also believes osteoarthritis is caused by acute trauma (like a major crash).
Many treating doctors refuse to give causation opinions so they can stay out of court. You need a lawyer that can get a doctor to give strong causation testimony.
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Yes you have a case. You can likely recover medicals, and repair of your car. To obtain money for pain and suffering as well as diminished value to will need a lawyer. No lawyer can project what a jury will decide, but it would appear you have a good chance of.getting a fair settlement. Any questions please let me know.
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Most of us have degenerative changes in our back that are asymptomatic until a traumatic or acute event occurrs. I would get to an MD to evaluate the MRI results sooner rather than later. If it turns out that you have "soft tissue injuries" only, you still have a case. You would be well served to contact a local lawyer for further advice on how to handle your case. Also, a personal injury lawyer may be able to find additional insurance coverage for you and get you to an appropriate medical professional under a letter of protection.
Feel free to call me if you like. My number is (512) 480-9502. Good luck.
The facts of your case are not out of the ordinary at all. Degenerative disc disease is a big fancy word that really just means your discs don't have a perfect symmetrical height/shape. It can encompass alot of things such as dehydration, bulges, protrusions and herniations.
Even if it pre-existed the wreck but was not painful and you can prove that it required medical care only after the wreck, then yes, you can sue for aggravation. Personal injury lawyers see these kind of cases all the time because all of our clients have human bodies that degenerate over time.
You have received good advice for the other attorneys. Please pursue your case. You have been injured needlessly. Consult with an attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law immediately and do not talk to the insurance company or its representatives or adjusters. Thanks and good luck. www.urhurt.com
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