THE hypothetical fact situations presented here are based, in substantial part, on actual court trials. Expert medical opinion is omitted. The reader is invited to draw on his own medical expertise.
On this basis, the reader is challenged to match his evaluation of the claim with the actual jury verdict in a suit involving similar facts. Jury verdicts are found at the end of the article.
A truck driver was involved in an accident. His neck, right shoulder, and left knee were injured. He consulted a physician, who made a diagnosis of whiplash injury to the neck and severe contusions of the knee. The man was hospitalized and placed in traction for four days. He was ordered to wear a cervical brace for six weeks.He consulted the physician again several months later. He complained of headaches and neck pain radiating to the left shoulder. The physician examined
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