Jury finds lumbar fusion not related to T-bone accident
Heather Bridwell received a favorable jury award in an auto accident case in St. Lucie County. The case involved a T-bone collision. Defense admitted negligence in causing the accident, but disputed causation and damages. Plaintiff had a lumbar fusion which he claimed was related to the accident. Defense argued the fusion was due to a preexisting condition and unrelated to this accident. Plaintiff asked the jury for $2 million in damages. Defense argued the Plaintiff’s damages from the accident were limited to $20K for the conservative treatments he received in the first 2-3 months immediately following the accident. Jury agreed with the defense and awarded $20K in past medicals, no future medicals, no wage loss, no permanent injury.