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A rarity… a motor vehicle collision and atrial flutter.

Today the Law Office of Andrew E. Teitelman, PC was able to secure a great settlement for a client that was injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision.  The client, who was previously diagnosed with an atrial flutter (an abnormal heart rhythm), was hit head on by a driver going the wrong way on a street.  Immediately upon impact the driver suffered internal chest contusions.  When the medics arrived it was determined that his heart rhythm was not regular.  He was taken to the hospital where he spent several days undergoing numerous tests.

Several months later the client needed to undergo a catheter ablation, a procedure in which thin flexible wires are inserted into a patient’s neck, groin or arm and then guided into the heart through a blood vessel.  Then energy is transferred from a machine through the wires which destroys small portions of heart tissue where abnormal heartbeats may cause an arrhythmia

The issues faced in this case were:

1) was the arrhythmia caused by the accident;

2) was the ablation necessary as a result of the arrhythmia or from the preexisting condition;

3) how to evidence chest contusions when there was no external bruising on the patient.

With the help of knowledgeable cardiologists and a family medicine physician, the Law Office of Andrew E. Teitelman, PC was able to convince the negligent driver’s insurance company that the client’s ailments were directly related to the collision.  The client was able to have all of his medical bills paid for by the insurance company and received a substantial sum for pain and suffering.  The total time for treatment from the accident to completion of the ablation and follow up was 5 months.