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Unread 06-01-2005, 11:51 PM   #1
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Car Accident

Well last Wednesday (May 25th) I was in a car accident in downtown Seattle at 6:00 a.m. A friend I just recently met (pretty much an aquantance) picked me up from the ferry and within 5 minutes he ran through a yield going about 30-35mph and we t-boned a jeep cherokee in his girlfriends 04 jetta.

Found out a few minutes later the guy doesn't have a drivers license...It's suspended for not paying child support. On top of this the guy is 30 and has been in like 12 car accidents he told me. Just two days before he backed into some guys harley and knocked it over in a parking lot.

My back is screwed up a bit so I've taken some time off of work. The insurance is taking care of my medical and I'm keeping a journal of my pain levels and what I have been doing daily for my records when it comes time to settle.

I have to go to the chiropractor 3 times a week for who know's how long. I saw my x-rays yesterday and they're pretty scary. My lower back/spine is a couple of inches off to the right. I worked today for the first time and after about 2 hours of laying board my back was hurting again pretty good.

My business is just starting to pick up and now I hurt every time I bend over. This sucks. Some people have told me "yeah, but you're gonna get a big settlement"...
I'd much rather have it never happen and be pain free and make my own money instead of through an insurance settlement. If my back doesn't get better though, I might not have much of a choice.

any suggestions or past experiences?

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Unread 06-02-2005, 12:02 AM   #2
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Mike,
It's my opinion that no settlement is worth the long-term pain of an injury. Spun the whole foot 180-degrees when I slipped in a tub I was tiling. So, now I've got an constant ankle issue that gets my a new pair of Red Wings every 6 months along with orthotics and it also paid for my recent purchase of Pro-Knee pads. Great boots and my knees have never felt better. The Pro-Knees were prescribed to take the load off of my ankle while I'm kneeling and it does help alot. But, in the meantime, I've gained about 40 pounds since my accident due to inactivity and I still miss work occasionally because my ankle just won't support any weight. There were times early on when my depression was rock bottom because of the pain and the physical limitations.
I wish you the best of luck in your recovery. Follow EVERY routine the doctors give you and be aggressive about your recovery.
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Unread 06-02-2005, 06:45 AM   #3
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Mike, sorry to hear that. Be fortunate that you are alive. We just lost a dear friend last week to a horrrible accident. She went to cross the highway and got broadsided. She has crossed there a million times, we don't know what really happen but we will never know. I guess I have been VERY fortunate to only be in one fender bender, a long time ago.
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Unread 06-02-2005, 05:08 PM   #4
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I blew out a knee installing sliding doors all day on a tile floor without knee pads a few years back. Had to get drained and all... Now every so often, especially on rainy days, my knee just hurts like hell... Two years ago I completely wiped out my back. I have two herniated discs in my lower back which kept me out of work for a few weeks... I was doing the Chiropractor several times a week, but it just didnt seem to help much. I'd feel like a pretzel when I walked in the office, and I'd feel great when I walked out.. for about an hour. Then I was in agony until the next visit. If I wanted to go for a car ride that was longer than an hour, I'd have to schedule an appointment with the doctor right before... Finally I gave up on the bonecracker... I bought an inversion rack off Ebay, and I swear I've felt great since. I dont use the table type, I use the one that mounts in a doorway, and you swing yourself up into position like a monkey. A few twists and stretches while upside down, and it frees up all the spinal compression that gravity causes all day every day. Occasionally I'll overwork my back and feel the nerves getting pinched in my spine. I hang on my rack that same night, and wake up feeling great.
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Unread 06-02-2005, 06:10 PM   #5
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That's interesting Alex. Sorry to hear that you are in pain, but seems like u found your solution.
I feel much better today after working than I did yesterday. I didn't lift much today though, I was setting, yesterday I was doing wonderboard.

I've been doing all the excercises the chiropractor has been giving me. I'm supposed to be icing my back every hour, but that's pretty hard to do while I'm working.

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Unread 06-02-2005, 06:25 PM   #6
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Mike,
There are "cooling pads" available that chill themselves chemically. They don't need to be refridgerated. You can keep a few of them with your tools and activate them "in the field". They don't get terribly cold but they do a decent job. I think you can find thyem at larger sporting goods places and medical supply places that sell athletic braces and such.
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