Fractures of cervical vertebra are not "serious"
In Schippers v. Sipperley, the Court of Appeals unanimously determined that the Supreme Court's Kreiner interpretation of the no fault law precluded the Plaintiff from recovering against the at fault driver. Ms. Schippers suffered two fractures of the spine at the C-7 level. She wore a cervical collar for three months and was unable to work for that duration. She suffered from neck pain for more than a year and her activities were limited, however, the judges determined that the injury did not have an "extensive" impact on her life. Under Kreiner, her pain alone and limitations it caused could not constitute a serious impairment.