On May 18, 2016, David Switalski obtained a settlement of $180,000 on behalf of a client who sustained injuries to his left arm and low back requiring two separate surgeries in spite of insurance company efforts to portray the injuries as preexisting conditions.
Steven Cooper (not his real name) was driving north on Stadium Drive near the Florida State University College of Medicine when another driver travelling east on Call Street at a high rate of speed ran the red light and struck Mr. Cooper’s car on the driver’s side.
As a result of the other driver’s negligence, Mr. Cooper sustained injuries to the ulnar nerve in his left arm and the disc in his lumbar spine between his L5 and S1 vertebrae. The injury to the arm required surgery to decompress the nerve. The injury to the spine required four lumbar steroid injections followed by surgery to remove the disc and fuse Mr. Cooper’ spine with metal rods and screws.
Not willing to take the opinions of the insurance companies’ doctors that Mr. Cooper’s injuries were preexisting, David Switalski focused on Mr. Cooper’s surgeon. After a careful review of all the medical records and an in-depth conversation with the surgeon, Mr. Switalski was armed with a road map to prove the injuries – and need for surgery – were caused by the crash.
Although Mr. Cooper cannot do all of the things he did before the crash, his damages have been covered and his body is healing.