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Plaintiff awarded for past medicals only A driver who claimed that she would need a lumbar fusion because of an intersection collision was awarded $3,134 for past medical bills only. Amber Frias sued Matthew Shrum for hitting her. Frias’ doctor told her that she would need a fusion at L4-5. She sought about $120,000 in damages. She underwent two lumbar MRIs, and the second one didn’t show any disc bulge. Based on this finding, the defense argued that Frias didn’t need surgery. Defense counsel also noted that the surgical recommendation was made over the phone only; it did not appear anywhere in the medical records.

Frias v. Shrum, No. 32824 Court: 90th Young County District Court Plaintiff Attorney: Carolyn A. Ostovich, Ostovich & Associates, Wichita Falls Defense Attorney: Mark A. Teague, The LeCrone Law Firm, Sherman

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