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Rear-end crash aggravated lower back injury, plaintiff alleged





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back, cervical, herniated disc, injuries, left shoulder, lower back, neck, neurological, pain, radiculopathy, right leg, sprain, strain
In the early evening of Jan. 28, 2011, plaintiff William Millon, 58, a respiratory therapist, was traveling on Golden Springs Drive, in Diamond Bar, when his was vehicle was rear-ended. The collision subsequently caused Millon to strike the vehicle in front of him. Millon claimed he sustained to his neck, lower back, and left shoulder. Millon sued the driver that struck him, Patricia Hakim, alleging that Hakim was negligent in the operation of her vehicle and that her negligence had been the proximate cause of the accident. Hakim conceded liability, but disputed Millon’s alleged ., Millon claimed he sustained to his neck, lower back, and left, non-dominant shoulder. He was ultimately diagnosed with an aggravation of a pre-existing disc herniation at L4-5 with lower extremity radiculopathy. He was also diagnosed with sprains and strains of the cervical spine with temporary upper extremity radiculopathy. Millon ultimately underwent surgery on his left shoulder. Millon claimed that he continues to suffer radiating pain into his right leg, causing numbness to his right foot. He treated his symptoms with prescription pain medication, but he claimed the extreme pain he experiences caused him to attempt to commit suicide. The plaintiff’s treating expert orthopedic surgeon opined that there was a causal relationship between the collision and Millon’s . The plaintiff’s psychiatry expert provided video testimony in which he concluded that Millon’s attempted suicide was a result of the pain he experiences from his . Defense counsel argued that Millon’s were degenerative in nature and that much of Millon’s medical treatment was unnecessary. Counsel also argued that Millon’s attempted suicide was the result of an addiction to pain medication and depression related to excessive gambling. The defense’s expert orthopedist testified that Millon’s shoulder surgery was unrelated to the accident in question.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Long Beach, CA

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