In Baker v. Freeman, 97-636 (La. App. 3 Cir. 10/29/97), 702 So. 2d 1140, plaintiff sustained injury in a car accident. Plaintiff suffered from preexisting spondylolysis, which became symptomatic as a result.
At the time of trial, plaintiff was facing a fusion surgery, with an anticipated recovery period of one year.
The jury at trial awarded general damages of $ 12,000.00, which was increased to $ 50,000.00 by the court of appeal.