My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: Virginia
I was involved in a MVA in Sept of 2012. I was going home from the dentist office with my young daughter in the car with me. A big truck driven by a teen texting, crashed into the back of my brand new car as i was slowly stopping. It was a very violent crashed and demolished the rear and front of my car as she pushed me into trees. The teenager girl was cited for following to close by the state police and her parents admitted fault to her insurance company.
I did not immediately go to the emergency room as i was in shock and concerned with my little girl who was crying and complaining of a hurt leg. I went the next day because i woke up in extreme pain and was unable to work for a few days. I would have stayed out longer but I didn't not have to the sick time to take off. My job was sedentary too. I went to Urgent care and was diagnosed with cervical, lumbar and thoracic sprains and given very strong anti inflammatory medications and muscle relaxers. I was told to follow up with a physician in a day or two.
I went to a chiropractor because i did not have a primary care doctor and i had just moved to the area. The chiropractor was close to my office and he treated me for 6 weeks and i had the deep tissue massage. It really seemed to help but i kept having muscle cramps in my hand and was referred to a neurologist. The neurologist conducted a test which producted normal results and i was diagnosed with muscle strain of my neck. My back pain returned and i went to my new family physician who sent me directly to an orthopedic surgeon. I had an MRI and x-rays. I was diagnosed with a slight bulge in my lumbar area and spondylosis without mylopethy, failure of conservative care, lumbago, DDD, stenosis. The ortho surgeon conducted 2 steroid injections with fluoroscope and it didn't do much. I had a repeat of one injection into the Sacrum. He diagnosed me with Sacroiitis. I am still in pain and the surgeon told me i would need to repeat physical therapy if pain persist.
I do have a pre-existing T-8 myofascial syndrome diagnosis from the military. My T-8 region is fine and i have not received any treatment except adjustments there. My treatment lasted 11 months. My lawyer has been haggling with the adjuster for a while now and i can't get an answer on how much compensation i should receive. I really want future medical expense so i can continue to be treated when we settle. My insurance does not cover physical therapy. My lawyer won't return my email. I am not sure where to turn. Thanks for any advice. My surgeon wrote a letter to my lawyer stating all of his treatment for me was due to the MVA.
My total medical expenses to date are $11,400 and my lost wages are $2,000.
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