The defendant ran through a stop sign in a residential area and t-boned the 52 year old plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff had significant pre-existing spinal stenosis which was asymptomatic prior to the collision. After treatment with epidural steroid injections failed, he ultimately needed a two level cervical fusion surgery. He was able to continue working as a mechanic afterward. The defendant’s insurer initially claimed that the plaintiff’s surgery was related solely to the pre-existing condition, not the motor vehicle collision.