Medical Conditions: Cervical Fracture

Gamble v. Sears [01/30/06] 2006 MTWCC 5 Where a Petitioner had a heavy piece of furniture fall on her head in 1997, was diagnosed with a neck strain or soft-tissue injury, continued to experience pain, and was ultimately determined to have an odontoid fracture after a CT scan was taken in 2004, and her doctor testified that an odontoid fracture is typically caused by trauma and that Petitioner’s accident was consistent with the type of trauma which could cause an odontoid fracture, and no plausible alternative was advanced as a source of the odontoid fracture other than the 1997 accident, the Court found that Petitioner suffered the fracture in 1997 and it was not discovered until 2004.