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when the lawyer gets in a bike wreck

Posted by Alvin Wolff | May 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

it's 3 am the morning after my bike wreck.  the pain medicine has worn off. i'm waiting for the next dose to kick in so i can go back to sleep.  the facts of the crash keep repeating in my mind; going over the railroad tracks and my bike wheel goes into a crack parallel  to my direction cauing the bike to stop and then causing the bike and me to flip.  i land on my left arm and then hear my helmet crack on the road.  lying there dazed, i pull myself up and know i'm in pain. three emt attendants see me in the street and start assessing me for head injury.  it's not my head, it's my arm.  i have plans for my arm, lots of them. i need it to train for my ms 150 ride, i need it for golf, i need it for typing so i can capitalize letters; i feel these plans are dashed.  what's going to happen to me? an ambulance takes me to the emergency room. in rapid sequence i see the person who wants to know how they're getting paid.  now the adreneline is wearing off and the pain takes over.  my fingers are numb and i start crying.  i go to another room and see the triage nurse, then the er doctor, then to xray, then the er doctor and the orthopedist.  i am told no broken bone...maybe a rotator cuff tear.  i think not.  it feels lower like a triceps or a deltoid muscle.  time will tell.  i'm given a pain pill and a tetanus shot.  my arm is put in a sling and i go out the door wondering what's next?
if this is happening to you, i may be able to help and...i feel your pain.

will i make a claim?  it's too soon to tell.  i need more information about the nature and extent of my harm. i do know going to cleveland for depositions on monday with a dead arm will be no picnic.

i know the attorney for the railroad and i put him on notice of the dangerous condition and my accident.  i photographed the defect while waiting for the ambulance.  it looks like i'll be doing a lot of waiting for the near future.

About the Author

Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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