Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage

I settled

I talked to my attorney today. He already knows this but I reiterated that there are only two ways I have to make money right now - as a dancer and as an office worker. And then I asked him why, when office work will hurt my neck and dancing hurts my back, would the insurance company not offer a larger settlement for the accident.

He explained to me that juries are very biased these days because of all the frivolous injury lawsuits. And tissue damage injuries like mine are hard to prove to them. If I had nerve damage and MRI's proving it then a jury would be likely to side with me. The insurance company would also make me see one of their doctors which are paid about $500 for a one hour exam and to testify later that my injuries aren't extensive. And insurance companies know this so they offer low settlements because you have so much to risk by going to court. It made sense to me and I agreed to the settlement...or what's left of it.

But yesterday I was reminded of what I can no longer do since the accident. Behind the cut is a picture taken of me dancing at "work". What I am attempting is one of the deep and graceful backward arches I used to do pre-accident. But as you can see there's not much grace left to it anymore.


I never regained full mobility - so my back is flat as board here. My lower back used to be so flexible that I could do this beautiful back bend in which my body formed this perfect upside down U shape. And my head almost touched the floor. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do that again, not without physical therapy. Part of the grace and beauty has been stolen from a craft that I love so much...that brings me joy...and on occasion brings me a paycheck. That's not worth any cash settlement. Not even close.

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