Someone is in a bad car accident and is subsequently diagnosed with a painful disk herniation for the first time. Sounds like an easy case to prove, right?
Proving to a suspicious insurance company that a disk herniation is related to the accident-related trauma is easier said than done. Some of the lamest excuses Attorney Burnside has heard in his career from insurance companies and their lawyers and hired “independent” doctors include, but are not limited to:
Top Excuse: “Although the claimant never sought medical care for their disk herniation prior to the accident, the claimant is old and the disk herniation is related to age.”
Runner-up: “Although the claimant never sought medical care for their disk herniation prior to the accident, the claimant:
- If they worked/work a labor-intensive job: “it’s caused from their job”
- If they work a sedentary job or don’t work: “it’s from sitting a lot.”
Third Place: “There’s probably something in the claimant’s distant past that caused the disk herniation.”
- “Disk herniations can be caused from sneezing too hard.”
- “Disk herniations are not painful.”
Honorable Mention: “Disk herniations can heal themselves”
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