$5M Settlement Summarizing Fractured Spine, Arm, and Leg After Intersection Collision

Joe Shannon, Esq., and Patrick Cummings, Esq., Shannon Law Group, PC, Woodridge, IL

A woman suffered catastrophic, disabling injuries throughout her entire body after a service truck driver disregarded her approaching vehicle at an intersection, turned left, and collided with her front driver’s side door. The Plaintiff sustained painful fractures throughout her cervical spine, lumbar spine, humerus, and femur. Her injuries would require several surgeries and leave her severely immobilized.

Joe Shannon, Esq., and Patrick Cummings, Esq., needed a visual presentation that would capture the total magnitude of their client’s pain, suffering, and surgical recovery. He tasked our team with building him a custom Digital Injury Summary equipped with illustrations to convey their client’s injuries, and animations to walk viewers through their client’s surgeries.

When injuries and surgeries are massive, numerous and complex - the Digital Injury Summary incorporates all the visual components of your case into a single, easy-to-use digital interface that brings your presentation to life. We can customize any DIS presentation for any subject matter.

In this case, the following DIS helped Mr. Shannon and Mr. Cummings convince the Defense to settle for the maximum insurance policy: $5 million.

Patrick Cummings, Esq., Shannon Law Group, PC, Woodridge, IL
Thanks for your team's work putting together those animations. I have no doubt that they made our case bigger to the insurance company and helped us get the number.

Section A: Illustrating Injuries

The first section of the DIS establishes the Plaintiff’s injuries. Illustrations convey each fracture with realistic detail and Color Diagnostics anchor each illustration with hard radiographic evidence.

Illustrated Injury Summary

The illustrations helped the medical experts explain the C2 vertebral fracture, the left humerus fracture with radial nerve palsy, the spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine, and the left femur fracture. He was also able to toggle radiographic films of each injury in and out, which helped reinforce the accuracy of the presentation.

Section B: Surgery Animations

The next section illustrates the many surgical procedures the patient would have to undergo as a result of the injuries she sustained in the collision.

Animated Intramedullary Nailing of the Left Femur

The first surgery animation demonstrates the retrograde intramedullary nailing of the patient’s left femur. After using a scalpel to cut open the patient’s leg and reduce the fracture, a guidewire is advanced past the fracture and a reamer is used to create a canal in the femur. Next, an intramedullary rod is inserted into the canal and screwed in place.

ORIF of the Left Humerus Fracture

The second surgery involves the Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of the humerus. After creating an incision to reduce the fracture, a plate is fixated to the humerus with screws. The animation concludes with a post-op X-ray highlighting the hardware in the patient’s arm.

Animated Lumbar Spine Surgery

The third surgery animation demonstrates the patient’s lumbar spine surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and reinforce the spine. After accessing the spine from the back, holes were drilled for pedicle screws to be placed. Spinous processes are removed at L4-S1. Decompressive laminectomies were then performed with a drill at this location. A hook was then used to decompress nerve roots, and foraminotomies were then performed. After applying hardware to the spine, the bone was decorticated and covered with bone graft. Finally, the incision was closed and a drain was placed and tunneled through a separate stab incision.

Animated Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: Part 1

Two months after undergoing the lumbar spine surgery, the patient would return to have it undergo a stabilization procedure due to sacral insufficiency fractures with S1 - 2 dislocation. After removing the hardware, larger holes were drilled into the spine. Hydroxyapatite-coated screws were then inserted into vertebrae and S2 alar iliac screws were inserted into the pelvic bone. After placing the rods, the new hardware was tightened to reduce fractures. The bone was then decorticated and covered with bone graft again.

Animated Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: Part 2

The fourth animation shows the second part of the lumbar spine’s stabilization procedure. This time, surgeons accessed the spine from the patient’s anterior side. A rongeur was used to perform a discectomy before a bone graft and intervertebral cage were placed between the vertebrae with screws. A discectomy and fusion were then repeated at L3-4 and L5-S1 vertebrae. The animation concludes with a post-op X-ray highlighting the hardware inside the patient’s lower back.

Animated Left Foot and Ankle Surgeries

The final animation concludes the presentation with the surgeries required to address the patient’s left foot and ankle. A left Achilles tendon contraction was causing the patient’s foot to drop, and the tendon would need to be extended using an x-lengthening incision on both tendons. Figure-8 and Krackow sutures were used to lengthen the tendon, which would ultimately improve the mobility of the patient’s foot and ankle.

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