In June 2006 P.B. and her son were traveling through Sammamish, Washington on their way to his school. As they were stopped at the intersection of 20th and 228th, they were unexpectedly struck from behind by M.K. The impact pushed P.B.’s vehicle forward several feet. Following the collision, the parties exited their vehicles, assessed the damages, exchanged insurance information and continued onto their respective destinations. The police were not summoned to the scene. Substantial damage was done to the rear of P.B.’s vehicle. With over $1,000 in damages, the force and impact between the two vehicles is clearly documented.
M.K. was negligent when she failed to be attentive while driving a vehicle, watch for traffic ahead, drive responsibly, and otherwise obey the rules of the road. Upon impact, P.B’s body was violently jolted and tossed around the inside of the vehicle. Her head was thrown forward and then snapped backwards in a whip-like motion, bluntly striking against the seat/headrest of the vehicle. Additionally, her body was slammed against the restrain of her seat belt.
As a direct result of P.B.’s negligence and the accident that it caused, P.B. sustained injuries to her neck, back, hip, knee, and associated body structures such:
· Cervical strain/sprain with in tenderness, pain, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion. Whiplash injury with resultant ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease.
· Back strain with tenderness, pain, muscle spasms/soreness/tightness (thoracic and lumbar regions) with resultant ligamentous instability and acceleration of spinal disc disease.
· Hip pain (trochanteric bursitis), tenderness, “popping”, and decreased range of motion
· Knee (left) pain, tenderness and decrease range of motion
· Severe exacerbation of prior low back pain and radicular symptoms (two bulging discs from accident 15 years ago at L3-4 and L4-5)
· Sleep disturbances/fatigue
P.B. hired Seattle attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group to handle the insurance claim and settlement negotiations with Farmers Insurance.
*initials are being used to protect the identity of the parties involved.