On December 1, 2015, G. Christopher Parrish obtained a defense verdict in Lehigh County. The Plaintiff claimed she sustained an injury to her cervical and lumbar spine, knees and elbows as a result of being rear-ended by the Defendant. Plaintiff had elected limited tort.
Plaintiff’s expert, Ron Ben-Meir, D.O., (physiatrist) testified that Plaintiff sustained a L4-5 disc herniation with impingement on the thecal sac, a permanent condition that was affecting her activities. Michael Brook, M.D. (neuro-radiologist) testified for the defense and opined that Plaintiff had a pre-existing herniated/osteophyte complex due to a chronic degenerative condition. Christopher Wagener, M.D. (orthopedic spine surgeon) testified for the defense that the L4-5 disc was degenerative and pre-existing and the Plaintiff sustained a lumbar strain and sprain that would have resolved in 6-8 weeks.
The jury found no serious impairment of body function and awarded $460.00 in wage loss.