I am getting ready to try to settle with the insurance
company for a MVA that occured on Oct 4, 2011. my daughter and i were hit full spead ahead in the rear of a 2005 toyota scion. we were driving
on a cold, foggy, rainy day in oregon. waiting to turn L on a 2 lane country road. we were belted, waiting at a tand still while the on coming traffic cleared. i had time to sit and look out of the rear view mirror as this lady was traveling fast and it didnt appear to me that she was going to stop. she didnt. she hit us in the rear. the car levitated off the ground. by head went back and hit the head rest rather hard. my back hurt a bit. but my nect hurt much more. my daughter said she was ok. but later complined of back pain. the back pain didnt last for long. i on the other hand had to wear a neck brace for 3 nites and 2 days.
the next day i felt ok. by the way i was told by the ER staff that the xrays for myself and daughter were ok. use ibuprofen for pain and see my dr. for follow up. however the next morning, the ER doctor called and said i should take it easy b/c i may have a fracture in my lumbar region. he asked me if i felt ok. i had gotton up to do my regular exercise and felt terrible pain. so much so that i could hardly get in and out of the car.
anyway, since the aaccident, i have been doing massage therapy, then Physical therapy. i have been in PT for 5 months and now i am doing a second cycle. the radiologist looked at the wrong part of my anatomy with the first MRI. they took parts of m pelvis when it should have been my lumbaar region. since the pain was staing at the same site lower right back, my physician decided to just watch and see if more trouble would occur. well it has now the pain is radiating down my buttock and upper thigh. i have pain also in the right side in addition to the back. the days are different. i used to run 5 times a week. (ihave been an avid exerciser since medical school). now i dare not run. even if i run or jog for 10 minutes, i will pay for it big time the next day. i can walk briskly but no telling what i will feel the next day.
since despite PT 2-3X per week and traction each time i go to the PT, i am getting no better but appear to get worse. i will not even talk of my 13 year old daughter who received the greaterimpact.
now i have contacted an attorney. i want to first see what the ins company is ready to award me. and if not satifactory for a 50 year old oard v=certified ob/gyn dr. who is now getting ready to resume practice after a 8 year hiatus while homeschooling my daughter, i will contact an atoorney and get a fair settlement. could you please tell me what what be a fair compensation for me.
i have the following problems since the accident
1. since i have anxiety PTSD, i become terribly frightened when someone comes to my rear and is very close. 2 i cannot run probably ever again for prolonged periods of time if at all.3. i am on the tract to begin practice again in sept/oct. i am afraid to think of what if i cannot bend over patients, perform deliveries, operate, have to be forced into early retirement or experience progressive
back/side pain. i am going to be talking to an attorney on friday in an interview to see if we are a good fit. what are some of the things i should be looking for in an attorney. also i am not afraid to go to trial. this is my livlihood at stake and i want to make sure i am fairly compensated for a possible early retirement. i can use all the help you can give me.