|Suit Reason :
Plaintiff filed suit for neck and back injuries. The plaintiff was a passenger in a car struck by a truck while working, causing him to be injured. The driver of the truck failed a breathalyzer test. Plaintiff was diagnosed with a lumbar sprain and strained ligaments of the hip girdle. Later tests showed diffuse annular disk bulges at the L3/L4 and L4/L5 levels, causing some minimal flattening of the anterior thecal sac. The bulge will eventually become a herniated disc.
|Award Reason :
The court affirmed the judgment to award damages to the plaintiff against the driver of the truck, but dismissed the passenger's claims against the driver's employer and the employer's insurer. The trial court awarded $4,000 in general damages and $2,328.50 in past medical expenses.