Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog

June 25, 2013

Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Settle Left Turn Case for $118,000

1317200_no_turning_.jpg The car accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently settled a case for $118,000. Our client in this case was a passenger in a car driven by a negligent driver.

This claim stems from a November accident where a driver was attempting to make a left turn. His view was obstructed by a large bus in front of him who was also attempting to make a left turn on a different road. Though the driver could not see oncoming traffic, he sped up and turned left anyway, seriously risking his safety as well as the safety of his passenger and other drivers on the road.

The driver turned into the path of an oncoming car and caused a collision. Our client was a passenger in the turning car at the time of the crash. The impact was so significant that our client's vehicle rolled over, causing the roof of the car to indent into the passenger compartment more than 12 inches.

When the police responded to the scene, the driver admitted that his view of oncoming traffic was obscured but that he chose to turn anyway. The driver received a traffic citation for failing to yield the right-of-way when turning left.

Our client was unconscious immediately following the accident. He was transported to Lutheran General's Emergency Department by ambulance where doctors examined him and performed tests. Our client was diagnosed with a concussion and a fractured leg. He remained in the hospital overnight so doctors could assess his cognitive function following his concussion.

After his discharge, our client sought follow up treatment for his injuries. While his leg healed, his ability to walk, drive, and work were affected as was his ability to think clearly. After some time, our client was deemed to have recovered from the accident and was discharged from treatment.

The lawyers at Abels & Annes were able to set up a claim against the left turning driver's insurance company for our client's injuries. As in cases like this, a passenger can recover for injuries sustained in an accident even if the passenger is in the same vehicle as the driver that causes a crash. This is because the driver alone, and not his passengers, are to blame for the accident so injured passengers are still entitled to a recovery.

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June 24, 2013

Abels & Annes, P.C. Settles Car Accident Case for $100,000

285433_car_accident.jpg The personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently settled a car accident case for the available policy limits of $100,000. Though liability appeared clear, the defendant's insurance company refused to make a reasonable offer for settlement for years, causing our attorneys to fight in court for our client's rights. In the end, we succeeded in securing every dollar of available insurance money for our client, who was injured in 2010.

This accident occurred when our defendant, a male, was driving his vehicle Arlington Heights and towing an empty trailer. The defendant, a female, was behind our client on the same road and in the same lane. As the light turned red, traffic came to a stop and our client stopped his car as well. The defendant admitted that she was not paying attention and admitted that she rear-ended our client. The defendant further admitted to following our client too closely while driving.

Our client was injured in the accident and needed medical treatment. Over time, doctors determined that he sustained a bulging disc in his neck and a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. To repair his shoulder, our client underwent surgery and then followed up with rehabilitation, including physical therapy. He also underwent an epidural steroid injection in his neck to treat his pain and discomfort which radiated to his arm.

We knew our client was not at fault and sustained significant injuries so we spent every day fight for him and fighting for his rights. We filed a lawsuit in Cook County on behalf of our client that alleged the defendant was not paying attention while she was driving, failed to slow down or stop for traffic, and hit our client, causing his injuries. Due to our persistent fighting, the insurance company for the defendant eventually offered the full benefits available - a good victory for our client.

After an accident, it may seem clear and obvious who is at-fault and who was a victim. Even so, that does not mean that you will have an easy time making a recovery for your injuries. Insurance companies are businesses and some deny valid claims in an effort to keep profits high and expenses low. This is why any car accident victim who is not represented by a personal injury lawyer is at a disadvantage.

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July 5, 2012

Car crash lawyer obtains $25,000 policy limits settlement for Chicago woman

Injury attorneys at Abels & Annes have resolved a case for an Illinois resident. This claim arises out of an automobile collision which took place on August 30, 2010 at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Our client was driving southbound on Cumberland, approaching Bryn Mawr in Chicago, Illinois. The defendant was driving northbound on Cumberland approaching Bryn Mawr. The intersection of Cumberland and Bryn Mawr is controlled by a four-way stop light. The plaintiff had a green light at Bryn Mawr so she entered the intersection and continued driving southbound.

The at fault driver intended to make a left turn from Cumberland onto westbound Bryn Mawr. The defendant failed to yield the right-of-way to our client and entered the intersection when it was not safe to do so. He turned into her path and hit the front end of her vehicle with the front passenger side of her own. The force of the impact jolted the plaintiff forward and back violently in her seat.

The Chicago Police Department responded to the scene of the collision and determined the defendant was at fault. The negligent driver received a citation for failure to yield the right-of-way at an intersection while turning left.

We alleged to the defendant's insurance carrier that their insured failed to keep a proper lookout, was driving at an excessive rate of speed, failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection before making a left hand turn, and failed to exercise due care for the safety of those in the area, including the Plaintiff. Based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the occurrence at issue, it was clear that the sole proximate cause of the collision was the negligent conduct of their insured.

Following the incident the plaintiff had an onset of back, neck and abdominal pain. She was 31 weeks pregnant at the time of the collision.

She was taken from the scene of the occurrence by ambulance to Resurrection Medical Center’s Emergency Department. A history was taken, she was examined and diagnostic tests were performed. She complained of abdominal pain and pressure and was concerned about her pregnancy. She also had pain in her back that radiated down into her left leg. She was discharged and instructed to follow up with a physician as needed.

Due to ongoing and increasing pain, she followed up with a doctor on September 1, 2010. She complained of headaches, pain, stiffness, and numbness in her neck, radiating numbness to both shoulders, severe lower back pain radiating to both legs, and left leg pain. A history was taken and she was examined. She had severe tenderness and muscle spasms on palpation over her cervical spine and thoracic spine muscles, tenderness in both shoulders and severe tenderness in her lumbar spine. She also had limited range of motion in her cervical and lumbar spine. Diagnosed her with musculoligamentous injuries of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as sciatic and contusion of the head. Due to her pregnancy, a course of physical therapy was recommended and she was instructed to follow up for more treatment.

Our client returned to her physican on September 24, 2010. At that time, she continued to complain of headaches, neck numbness and stiffness, severe lower back pain that radiated into both legs, and radiating numbness in her shoulders. Her injuries were so significant that she was having trouble concentrating and sleeping. The doctor again examined her and maintained a diagnosis of musculoligamentous injuries of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as head contusion. As she was 34 weeks pregnant, he instructed her to stop physical therapy for the time being and to resume physical therapy after she delivered her baby.

The plaintiff next treated on December 1, 2010, where she continued to complain of severe pain in her low back that radiated into her left leg. On exam, she had severe tenderness and limited range of motion in her lumbar spine. She was with musculoligamentous lumbosacral spine strain and instructed her to return to physical therapy.

She returned to physical therapy for a period of time.

The claim settled for the defendant's insurance policy limits of $25,000.

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May 30, 2012

Abogado de choque de camión en Illinois alcanza un arreglo de $100,000

Abogado de accidente de camión en Chicago Gary Annes ha arreglado un caso para un conductor que resultó herido en una collisión de febrero, 2011. En este caso fue un camionero que resultó herido debido a las acciones de un conductor negligente.

Nuestro cliente estaba conduciendo un semi-tractor-remolque hacia el norte en la I-94 en el tercer carril de tráfico en el Condado de Kenosha, Wisconsin. El conductor de en-defecto estaba conduciendo un1997 Oldsmobile Regency en dirección norte en la I-94 en el primer carril de tráfico. Un tercer vehículo estaba conduciendo en dirección norte en el segundo carril del tráfico. En ese momento el acusado perdió el control de su vehículo y golpeó el vehículo en el segundo carril del tráfico. Este impacto causó que el vehículo girara y golpeara el camión del demandante con un impacto fuerte.

El diputado de investigacíon del Departamento de Sheriff del Condado de Kenosha determino que el conductor del Oldsmobile estaba conduciendo demasiado rápido para las condiciones y aún más falló de mantener el control de su vehículo. El diputado también encontró que el acusado no estaba asegurado. Quedó claro en los hechos indisputables que la única causa próxima del camión vs. accidente de coche fue la negligencia del conductor sin seguro.

El conductor del camion tuvo un inicio inmediato de dolor de cabeza, de espalda y hombro derecho. Poco después de la colisión él desarrolló dolor en la cadera derecha y dolor de tobillo derecho. Fue trasladado por ambulancia del lugar del incidente a la sala de emergencia del Hospital St. Catherine’s.

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March 19, 2012

Chicago car crash lawyer settles case for $36,500

Illinois auto accident attorney Gary Annes has resolved a case for a Chicagoan injured by a hit-and-run driver.

This claim arises out of a collision which took place on May 4, 2011, at approximately 8:00 p.m. The plaintiff was injured when the automobile he was driving was rear-ended by a 2001 Chevy pickup.

Our client was driving southbound on Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois. The at fault driver was also driving southbound on Clark Street, behind the plaintiff. He stopped for a red light at Clark’s intersection with Jackson Boulevard. The defendant failed to stop and/or reduce the speed of the vehicle he was driving, and struck our client's 1997 Acura RL. The front-end of the Chevy hit the rear-end of the Acura.

After the collision the defendant fled the scene of the accident and drove westbound down Jackson, a one-way street with eastbound-only traffic. He was caught by police soon after.

The Chicago Police Department responded to the scene of the collision. After speaking to parties and witnesses, the investigating officer placed the hit and run driver at fault for the collision. The responding officer determined that the Chevy driver operated his vehicle in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner and was exceeding the authorized speed limit.

The defendant failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop and/or reduce his speed to avoid a collision, was driving at an excessive rate of speed, and failed to exercise due care for the safety of those in the area.

Surprisingly, the defendant was insured with the Hartford. In my experience as an injury lawyer, nine out of ten drivers that flee the scene of the accident are uninsured. Here, not only did the defendant have insurance, he had a policy with a highly rated company. Why he left the scene is unknown, and drugs and/or alcohol did not play a role.

Following the collision, our client had an immediate onset of neck, back, and shoulder pain. Shortly thereafter, he sought treatment at Provident Hospital of Cook County’s Emergency Department. Upon arrival at the Emergency Department, a history was taken, he was examined, and diagnostic tests were performed, including x-rays of his lumbosacral spine and a CT scan of his cervical spine. He complained of back, shoulder and neck pain, made worse with turning his head from side to side. He was diagnosed with neck sprain/strain and contusion. He was prescribed pain medication and instructed to seek follow up treatment.

Due to ongoing pain, the plaintiff sought treatment with a physician in downtown Chicago on May 10, 2011. There he complained of pain in his neck, shoulder, right elbow, and lower back. A history was taken and a physical exam was performed, which found pain on palpation of both supraspinatus muscles, pain in the right elbow and forearm, and tenderness on palpation of the lower back. He was diagnosed with a sprain/strain of the cervical and lumbar spine and contusion of the right elbow. His doctor prescribed pain medication, physical therapy, and ordered an x-ray of his right elbow.

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March 11, 2012

Chicago car accident lawyer settles claim for insurance policy limits

An Illinois personal injury attorney at Abels & Annes has resolved a case for a $25,000. The claim arises out of an automobile collision which took place on September 13, 2011 at approximately 12:02 p.m. at or near 2701 South Harlem in Berwyn, Illinois. Our client was injured when the automobile she was driving was hit by a vehicle driven by the defendant.

The plaintiff was driving northbound on South Harlem at approximately 25 miles per hour. The defendant was driving behind our client on northbound South Harlem. At that time defendant, who was traveling too fast, rear-ended the plaintiff.

The Berwyn Police Department responded to the scene of the collision. After speaking to both parties, the responding officer determined the defendant was at fault for the collision and issued him a citation for driving too fast for conditions.

Based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the occurrence at issue, we argued to the defendant's insurance carrier that it was clear that the sole proximate cause of the collision was the negligent conduct of their insured.

Our client sought treatment from Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Emergency Department immediately after the collision. A history was taken, she was examined, and diagnostic tests were performed. She complained of pain in her lower back that was worse with bending as well as bilateral knee pain. On exam, she had tenderness on palpation of her right lumbar paraspinal area. She was diagnosed with lumbar spine sprain/strain, pain in her lower legs, muscle spasms in her back, and trapezius strain. She received prescriptions for pain medications and muscle relaxants and was ordered off work.

Due to ongoing and increasing pain, the plaintiff sought follow up treatment with a medical doctor on September 15, 2011. At that time, she continued to complain of lower back pain that radiated to both of her legs. Her pain was constant and severe and it ranged from sharp to stabbing to aching. Her pain interfered with her sleeping, often waking her in the middle of the night. The pain prevented her from engaging in activities of daily life and severely limited those activities she could engaged in. Additionally, her pain was worse with pushing and lifting heavy objects, walking, sitting, or standing for long periods of time, and bending forward.

The physician took a history and examined her. She had tenderness and spasms from L2-L5 bilaterally as well as difficulty squatting and while walking heel to toe. She had limited range of motion in her thoracholumbar spine because of the extreme pain she experienced. The doctor diagnosed our client with lower back pain with a radicular component at L5-S1, myofacial pain syndrome, and lumbar strain and sprain.

The physician noted that she had an underlying degenerative condition in her back that was asymptomatic before her injury. In his medical opinion, the automobile collision aggravated her underlying condition and necessitated treatment. He instructed the plaintiff to continue taking her medications, undergo a lumbar MRI, refrain from lifting and/or pushing objects heavier than 15 pounds, and remain off work.

Pursuant to the doctor's orders, our client underwent an MRI of her lumbar spine on September 16, 2011. The MRI revealed low back injuries.

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February 3, 2012

Illinois pedestrian accident attorney settles DuPage County lawsuit for $600,000

Chicago pedestrian accident lawyer Gary Annes has reached a $600,000 settlement. The claim stems from a DuPage County automobile vs. pedestrian collision that occurred in Lyle, Illinois in November, 2008. Liability, was difficult and heavily contested in the case.

The pedestrian was struck at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Center Avenue in an unmarked crosswalk. The intersection is near a METRA train station and frequently crossed by train passengers.

Our client was a pedestrian walking from the nearby train station to his automobile parked in a commuter parking lot. He crossed north from the southwest corner of the intersection toward the northwest corner. He safely crossed the two lanes of eastbound traffic and stood in the median waiting until it was safe to cross the westbound lanes. A car approaching in the centermost westbound lane stopped for him to cross. The pedestrian crossed in front of the stopped car, checked to his right to ensure that it was clear to cross the outside lane of westbound traffic. It was clear and he began to cross the last lane.

At the intersection there was a handicap ramp cut-out of the sidewalk and curb at Center’s intersection with Ogden. However, there was no marked crosswalk at the location and the accident occurred at night. Further, the westbound traffic had no stop sign.

The defendant, a seventy-eight year old gentleman, was driving westbound on Ogden Avenue approaching its intersection with Center Avenue. The pedestrian had safely crossed almost the entire outside lane of traffic and was only a step away from the edge of the road when Defendant struck our client with the front passenger side corner of his vehicle. The force of the impact threw him up on to the windshield of Defendant’s vehicle and then forward and to the right, landing directly in front of another vehicle. The plaintiff was found in a pool of his own blood and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Lisle Police Department responded to the scene of the collision. The responding officer spoke with Defendant and a witness about the incident. Defendant admitted to the responding officer that he hit our client and stated that initially he thought he only struck a rock. Defendant admitted that he had not seen the pedestrian at any time before he struck him with his car.

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January 27, 2012

Chicago car accident attorney reaches $37,000 settlement

This claim arose out of a Chicago-area car crash which took place on November 4, 2010 at approximately 7:59 a.m.

The plaintiff was driving northbound in his GMC truck on Harlem Avenue approaching Route 83 in Palos Heights, Illinois. The defendant was driving a Mitsubishi gallant, also northbound on Harlem Avenue approaching Route 83, directly behind our client when he came to a stop in traffic. The defendant then failed to stop or slow her vehicle and struck the plaintiff's vehicle. The front of the at fault driver's vehicle struck the rear of our client's vehicle. The force of the impact pushed his car forward.

The Palos Heights Police Department responded to the scene of the accident. After interviewing the parties, they placed the defendant at fault in their report.

We alleged to the defendant's insurance company that their insured failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop and/or slow down for traffic, and failed to exercise due care for the safety of those in the area, including the Plaintiff.

Following the incident the client had an immediate onset of neck, back, and chest pain. He was taken from the scene of the occurrence by ambulance to Palos Community Hospital’s Emergency Department. A history was taken, he was examined and diagnostic tests were performed.

There he underwent X-rays to his cervical spine, lumbosacral spine, thoracic spine, and chest, as well as a CT scan of his chest and an echocardiogram. He was diagnosed with cervical, back, and neck strain. He also received a cardiology consultation and was diagnosed with chest pain due to musculoskeletal chest discomfort. He was prescribed muscle relaxants and pain medication, instructed to follow up with a physician, and discharged.

The plaintiff followed up with a physician on November 10, 2010. He complained of pain in his lumbar back, pain in his hips into his mid dorsal area, as well as pain in his cervical spine. He struggled with daily activities, including rising from a seated position. He also had headaches and sharp pain across the left side of his chest at the seatbelt site. There was a small bruise on his lumbar area. The doctor diagnosed him with muscle inflammation and instructed him to follow up in three weeks.

Our client returned to the physician on December 1, 2010. He continued to complain of pain and spasms to his lumbar area, pain at his mid dorsal area, and pain across his chest. He obtained minimal relief from his muscle relaxants and pain medication. Additionally, he was having trouble sleeping as his pain prevented him from resting comfortably. The doctor prescribed a course of physical therapy and instructed him to follow up in six weeks.

Per his physician's instructions, the client engaged in physical therapy at Palos Community Hospital’s Physical/Occupational Therapy Division beginning on December 7, 2010. He had pain with activites of daily life, like rising from a seated position, getting out of a car, and walking more than ten feet. His pain was made worse with bending, lifting, sitting, standing, walking, coughing, sneezing, and turning his neck and back. Additionally, he could not pick up his granddaughter because of his injuries. He engaged in seventeen (17) sessions of physical therapy and was discharged on February 8, 2011.
The plaintiff followed up with his doctor again on March 7, 2011 and again on April 18, 2011. While he received some relief from physical therapy, he was still in pain and having troubling sleeping. The physician prescribed valium for him on April 18, 2011, and provided follow up care on May 23, 2011 and June 13, 2011, at which time he was discharged.

As a result of the collision, the claimant struggled with daily tasks. He could not sit, stand, or even walk more than ten feet without pain.

The claim settled for just under $37,000. State Farm Insurance paid on the claim

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January 24, 2012

Policy limits settlement reached in Chicago area auto accident claim

An Illinois accident attorney at Abels & Annes has resolved a traffic collision case on behalf of one of our clients. The claim arises out of an incident which took place on April 24, 2011, at approximately 12:27 a.m. The plaintiff was injured when the automobile she was driving was T-boned by a vehicle being operated by a negligent driver.

Our client was driving northbound on Broadway at or near 150th in Harvey, Illinois. The defendant was driving her automobile westbound on 150th, approaching its intersection with Broadway. The intersection of Broadway and 150th is a four-way stop. She came to a complete stop at 150th, checked that traffic was clear, and proceeded through the intersection.

The other motorist failed to properly stop at the intersection and proceeded to cross Broadway, striking the rear passenger’s side of our client's vehicle with the front end of her vehicle.

The Harvey Police Department responded to the scene of the collision. After speaking to both parties, the investigating officer placed the defendant at fault for the collision. The negligent motorist admitted to the responding officer that while she crossed the intersection, she looked away from the road and down to the floor of her vehicle, searching for CDs she dropped. She stated that she looked up just as she struck the plaintiff's vehicle. She was cited for disobeying a stop sign. She also failed to yield to traffic.

We alleged to the defendant's insurance carrier that their insured failed to stop and/or reduce her speed to avoid a collision, disobeyed a stop sign, failed to pay proper attention to the road conditions, and failed to exercise due care for the safety of those in the area, including our

Following the collision, our client had an immediate onset of neck, shoulder, and back pain.

Shortly after, she sought medical treatment from an orthopedic physician in Chicago. She complained of pain along the right side of her neck and right shoulder, made worse with motion of her neck, as well as lower back pain and a tingling sensation in her right arm and hand. A history was taken, a physical examination was performed and diagnostic tests were ordered. An exam revealed pain on palpation of the paracervical muscles and also of the supraspinatus muscle, increased with motion of the neck. She also had tenderness on palpation of the lumbar area. She was diagnosed with a sprain/strain of the cervical and lumbar spines. She was prescribed pain medication, instructed to begin physical therapy, and ordered to have x-rays of her cervical and lumbar spines taken.

Due to ongoing and increasing pain, the plaintiff returned to her doctor's office for treatment on May 12, 2011. She complained of pain in her lower back which radiated to her left leg, numbness in her right thigh, and pain along her cervical spine. The physician reviewed the x-rays of her cervical and lumbar spine taken on May 6, 2011, which showed no fractures. He diagnosed her with a sprain/strain of the cervical and lumbar spines and ordered an MRI of her lumbar spine.

She next followed up on May 24, 2011. At that time, her doctor reviewed the MRI of her lumbar spine, which was taken on May 13, 2011. The MRI showed disc injuries at more than one level. She continued to complain of sharp lower back pain which radiated to her left leg. On exam, she had pain on palpation with muscle spasms of the paraspinal muscles. Her sensory reflexes were diminished in her left thigh. Her doctor then referred her to an orthopedic surgeon.

On her physician's referral, she sought treatment from an orthopedic physician. At that time, she complained of constant sharp pain at her lower back which radiated caudally into both buttocks, thighs, and calves, as well as neck pain that radiated into both shoulders, arms, and hands. She also had moderate paresthesia. The pain was so severe that it affected her sleeping and prevented her from engaging in her regular activities. The doctor reviewed the MRI which identified disc herniations and diagnosed her with a lumbar disc injury/lumbar radiculopathy. He instructed her to continue physical therapy and to follow up with him for fluoroscopy guided right-sided L2-L3, L3-L4 and L4-L5 selective nerve root block, transforaminal epidural steroid injections.

Our client received the transforaminal epidural steroid injections on June 1, 2011 and interlaminar fluoroscopy guided lumbar epidural steroid injections on June 22, 2011 .

The car accident case settled for the defendant's insurance policy limits of $20,000.

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November 18, 2011

$70,000 auto accident settlement reached by Chicago injury lawyer

Illinois car crash attorney David Abels has obtained a $70,000 out-of-court settlement on behalf of a Chicago area woman injured in a collision with a driver insured by Geico.

The Illinois auto accident took place on October 19, 2010, at approximately 8:00 a.m. The client was injured when the automobile she was driving was rear-ended by another motorist.

The plaintiff was driving northbound on I-294 at or near mile post 31.0, Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois. The defendant was also driving his automobile northbound on I-294, behind our client. She came to a stop in stop-and-go traffic on I-294. The other driver failed to stop and/or reduce the speed of his vehicle and struck the plaintiff's vehicle. The front of the at fault driver's vehicle hit the rear of our client's vehicle in a rear-end type of collision.

The Illinois State Police responded to the scene of the collision. After speaking to both parties, the investigation officer placed the defendant at fault for the collision. The investigating officer determined that he was distracted and exceeding safe speed for conditions at the time of the collision.

The defendant failed to stop and/or reduce his speed to avoid a collision, was driving at an excessive rate of speed, failed to pay proper attention to the road conditions, and failed to exercise due care for the safety of those in the area, including our client.

Following the collision, the plaintiff had an immediate onset of neck, back, chest, and shoulder pain.

Shortly after, she sought medical care from a physician. She complained of pain in her mid back and upper back that was worse with movement. A history was taken, a physical examination was performed and diagnostic tests were ordered. She was diagnosed with upper back strain, instructed to rest, and to have a physical therapy evaluation. Her doctor instructed her to follow up in one week.

Due to ongoing and increasing pain, our injured client returned to her physician for treatment on October 23, 2010. She complained of increased pain in her upper back as well as pain in her mid back, arms, and chest. Because of the increased pain, she was unable to obtain the physical therapy evaluation as instructed the physician. A physical examination revealed supraspinous tenderness and weakness in her arms. The doctor diagnosed her with back pain, instructed her to not lift or pull anything heavier than five pounds, and once again ordered a physical therapy evaluation. Her doctor also ordered a CT scan of her chest.

Following her physician's recommendation, she attended physical therapy on October 27, 2010 and November 4, 2010. She complained of pain in her right hip as well as pain in her back and neck. She stated that the pain traveled from her left shoulder through the middle of her back and down to her right hip. The client described numbness in her gluteal region as well as numbness going down to her left hand. She also said she had stabbing pain that started in her back and spread to her check. She was diagnosed with neck sprain/strain, lumbar sprain, and brachial neuritis or radiculitis. During therapy, she engaged in stretching exercises as well as therapeutic exercises to decrease her pain and increase her functionality.

Our client next saw her doctor on October 28, 2010, where she continued to complain of upper and lower back pain as well as pain in her chest. An X-ray of her cervical spine was ordered, which revealed moderate decreased height of the C4-C5 disc space. The doctor instructed her not to lift, push, or pull more than five pounds and referred her to an orthopedic surgeon.

She next treated with a surgeon at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute on November 3, 2010 for an orthopedic consultation. She complained of pain in her neck, mid back, and low back. She said the pain was sharp, severe, and constant and that it was worse with standing, walking, sitting, lying down, and climbing up stairs. The doctor took a history and preformed an examination. He also reviewed the X-rays of her cervical spine. He diagnosed her with low back pain and cervical and thoracic strain.

The client saw another physician on November 9, 2010, complaining of left arm pain and back pain. A history was taken and she was examined. Based on his assessment, the doctor diagnosed her with cervical radiculopathy and recommended an MRI.

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