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Plaintiff claimed broadside crash caused lumbar injury





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back, disc protrusion, lumbar
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2009, plaintiff Naghmeh Paktan, 31, a doctor, was driving on northbound Boyle Avenue in Los Angeles when she entered the intersection with Hollenbeck Drive and was broadsided by a vehicle operated by Margarita Medina, who was traveling westbound on Hollenbeck Drive. Paktan claimed to her neck and lower back. Paktan sued Margarita Medina and the owner of the vehicle, her husband, Fidencio Medina. She alleged that Mrs. Medina was negligent in the operation of her vehicle and that her husband was vicariously liable for her actions. Paktan claimed that Mrs. Medina failed to yield at the intersection in question since the defendant had a stop sign while her part of the intersection was uncontrolled. The defendants admitted liability for the accident., Paktan went to a chiropractor 10 days after the accident with complaints of neck and lower back pain. She continued treating with chiropractic care and was referred to a pain management specialist, an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon. Paktan also underwent an MRI of her lower back, which revealed a 4-milimeter lumbar disc protrusion at the L5-S1 level. Paktan claimed she continues treating her conservatively, but will eventually require surgery for her lower back. She alleged she suffers from ongoing pain and discomfort, which affects her daily activities. Paktan further claimed she missed some work following the accident. Thus, she claimed roughly $20,000 in damages for her past medical costs, $100,000 in damages for her future medical costs and an unspecified amount of damages for her past and future pain and suffering. Defense counsel disputed the nature and extent of Paktan’s .
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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