In January 2001, a 19-year-old woman was involved in an SUV rollover crash. After several days in the hospital she was discharged. Her ongoing headaches and neck pain increased with movement & were undiagnosed by static x-rays, MRI and CT. In August 2001, a digital motion x-ray was performed on the patient. The DMX study revealed several levels of cervical instability and vertebral abnormalities including, but not limited to, severe unilateral translation at C1on C2, multiple levels of capsular ligament damage, possible compression fractures, and interspinous and longitudinal ligamentous injuries.
A follow-up DMX study was done prior to going to mediation in January 2002 that revealed even greater translational instability of C1 on C2 caused by alar and accessory ligament damage. There was also facet joint instability caused by capsular ligament damage. The neurosurgeon stated that the DMX findings demonstrated the underlying cause of the patient's chronic neck pain and headaches. He also stated that because the ligament injuries were permanent, the patient would likely experience neck pain and headaches during her lifetime. As a result of this objective evidence offered by DMX, her insurance company settled at mediation in June 2002 for $750,000. They originally offered her nothing because they didn't believe she was injured.
Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) helps attorneys take control of their depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and courtroom presentations by allowing them to objectively identify injuries that could never be seen before!
Attorneys must show proof of injury in order for their client to receive the compensation they deserve. Before digital motion x-ray many attorneys settled for a much lesser amount because it was hard to prove ligament damage with static x-ray, MRI and CT . But now, with demonstrable evidence of the patient's permanent injury, attorneys are receiving policy limits, and sometimes even more for their client's settlements.
Don't settle for less!