Car Accidents

Back Surgery with Future Lost Wages


A Back Surgery can End Many Careers.

Highly compensated back breaking work is often no longer an option after back surgery.

Proven Results

Future Lost Income Assessed by Economist.

George Patterson obtained an arbitration award of over $425,000 for a client that required back surgery after a car accident. The client sustained a herniated disc that required back surgery. The client had incurred medical bills of just over $26,000 but was unable to work as a bridge welder following the back surgery.  He found new employment that paid less per hour.  An economist estimated the client’s future lost earning capacity. The hourly rate paid to bridge welders was higher than the hourly rate for welders that did not have to climb with welding equipment. An economist was needed to evaluate the future wage losses caused by disability that only impacted a subset of welding jobs.   The future lost wages was considered small and speculative by the insurance company.  They noted that the client could still work as a welder.  This argument was rejected by the judge that decided the case.  The car accident lawyers at Patterson Law have experience identifying cases where experts are needed to maximize the client’s financial recovery from a car accident. The Annapolis and Bowie personal injury lawyers at Patterson Law have obtained substantial awards in cases for future lost wages (permanent loss of earning capacity)  where their clients have only been disabled from certain tasks.

Car Accident Victim Starts New Career

Medical Recovery, Career Recovery and Family Recovery

The client in this accident sustained a serious back injury that required surgery. The surgeon helped him recover from the herniated disc. His surgeon told him to quit his job as a bridge welder to prevent the surgery from failing. An economist estimated the difference in income between a welder and a bridge welder. After receiving an award the client was able to invest in equipment to start a new career.  Ironically these funds transformed the client from an employee to a business owner.  The future economic losses were able to be avoided because the compensation for this loss created a new opportunity.  For the first time since the car accident the client was able to fully provide for his family again.  Helping clients RECOVER is about more than the award.

After a disc ruptures or tears the fluid inside the disc may leak out and create a burning sensation as it reaches nearby nerves.

Insurance Companies blame tough jobs for bad backs.

Blaming the Victim

Back surgeries from car accidents are often needed as a result of a disc herniating or rupturing. A herniated disc can press on a nerve causing pain and sometimes weakness. Patterson Law has worked with orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons to explain to juries the causal connection between a trauma from a car accident and the need for a back surgery. Defense lawyers often blame the need for a back surgery on degenerative changes that are unrelated to a car accident. Even worse, they will insinuate that the back injury was caused by the client’s job.   Many cases involving a back surgery that seemed clearly related to a car accident have been lost due to insurance company lawyers and their doctors arguing that the back surgeries are unrelated to the car accident. Patterson Law has litigated dozens of back surgery cases and successfully cross-examined doctors hired by insurance companies to “independently” evaluate the relationship between car accidents and back surgeries.  We have also prevailed for clients that were more susceptible to injury due to prior back injuries or that have had prior back problems aggravated by a car accident.

I would highly recommend George Patterson. I was very pleased with how he conducted himself and handled my case.He prepared me for all stages of the process but especially for the deposition. He was very responsive and always available to speak to me.He offered sound advice on the settlement process and helped me obtain a better settlement.

Rhonda S.

A Car Accident Client.

It is important that your doctor knows your complete medical history. A complete medical history helps doctors determine the cause of a back or neck injury.

Maria Patterson

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Our Successes

Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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George Patterson has been selected as a Life Member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

The Annapolis and Bowie car accident lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations at our offices in Bowie and Annapolis.  Our Bowie office is located in the Omni Medical Building at 4000 Mitchellville Road, Suite A202, Bowie, Maryland.  The Annapolis office is located in the Patterson Law Building at 1 Willow Street, Annapolis, Maryland.

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If you were involved in a car accident requiring back surgery please contact Patterson Law to arrange for a free consultation at either his office located in Bowie or Annapolis. Each case is different. Past records are no assurance that our lawyers will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case.

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