Spinal injuries are among our most common cases because although these injuries may seem mundane on the surface, they cause extreme pain and suffering for the victim. In this case, the Plaintiff was rear-ended at less than 20 mph, which was enough to cause serious injuries to his cervical and lumbar spine.
Greyson Goody, Esq., needed to show jurors the painful magnitude of his client’s spinal injuries, the two fusion surgeries he would undergo, and the brutal nature in which these surgeries ultimately failed.
The Defense admitted liability for the collision but disputed the exact causation of damages. The Defense argued that the Plaintiff’s injuries were soft tissue in nature and all the surgeries were due to degenerative conditions not related to the car accident.
- Colorized X-rays to highlight the indisputable damages caused by the rear-end collision in both the cervical and lumbar spine.
- Medical Illustrations to break down the plaintiff’s two fusion surgeries step-by-step.
- Colorized CT-Scans to show the improperly placed screw in the lumbar spine after the lumbar fusion.
The highest amount the Defense was willing to offer was $500K. After Mr. Goody presented his case to jurors with the following visuals, they awarded his client a $16.5M verdict, which would amount to $18M after accounting for costs and prejudgment interest.
The visuals helped so much with the pain and suffering aspect because when you see a fusion, and you see how a fusion is done, and you have your expert walk through that surgery how intense it is - the jury really sees, 'Wow. This is a serious issue.' And these illustrations do wonders.Greyson Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group, Los Angeles, CA
Highlighting Pre & Post Op Cervical Injury
The first Color Diagnostic introduced jurors to the Plaintiff’s cervical damages in a colorized X-ray film. Adding color to these otherwise black-and-white films helped familiarize jurors with what they were looking at.
Highlighting Cervical Discketomy & Fusion
After visually anchoring the jury’s understanding of the Plaintiff’s cervical injury and post op condition, this illustration demonstrated the cervical diskectomy & fusion needed to repair the spine.
Illustrating this complex procedure helped jurors understand what was involved with more clarity. And understanding what this surgery entailed helped emphasize the magnitude of the Plaintiff’s experience.
Highlighting Pre & Post Op Lumbar Injury
After establishing the Plaintiff’s cervical damage and the surgeries he underwent to address the injury, these next two exhibits similarly summarized his lumbar injury and surgery.
The image on the left highlighted the L4-5 disc protrusion in a way that emphasized the painful pressure it forced on the spinal cord. The image on the right illustrated the metal rods that were screwed into the spine to fuse it together.
Highlighting Lumbar Decompression & Fusion
This next illustration breaks down the Plaintiff’s L4-S1 decompression and fusion in four simple snapshots that would anchor the jury’s understanding of this event.
Both the cervical fusion and this lumbar fusion failed. The cervical fusion did not set correctly, and a screw was misplaced in the lumbar fusion. The next exhibit highlights what this failed lumbar fusion actually looked like.
Highlighting the Failed Lumbar Fusion
These Color Diagnostics show the improperly placed screws from AP and Axial Views to establish the plaintiff’s future medical costs.
As to the lumbar fusion, there was a screw that was misplaced. So the jury got to see why, No. 1, why he needed a revision surgery in the neck and No. 2 why he needed a revision surgery in the lumbar spine.Greyson Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group, Los Angeles, CA
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