Invariably, a large portion of auto accidents result from rear-end collisions, otherwise known as fender-benders. This is the case because there are more opportunities (due to the nature of traffic lanes and the straight lines on which individuals travel) to be hit from someone behind you, than say from the front or even the side. As such, there have been hundreds of studies, if not more, over the last few decades identifying the most common personal injuries suffered by victims of rear-end collisions. The most common injury is whiplash. This is where the head is “whipped” backwards then forwards, causing the ligaments and muscles in the neck to become abnormally stretched, resulting in severe pain and discomfort. If not treated properly, a minor neck pain can turn into a debilitating and permanent injury. Other common injuries associated with rear-end collisions are shoulder pain, and upper, mid, and low-back pain. The injuries are typically classified as “soft tissue” injuries, and for the most part, can be treated with proper chiropractic care or physical therapy.
One of the most concerning symptoms stemming from a basic whiplash injury is radiating numbness, tingling and shots of random pain into one’s extremities (such as the arm or leg). Such symptomatology is likely evident of a disc herniation or protrusion, commonly found around the C5-C6, C7 area of the Cervical spine (the lower neck). When these symptoms arise, the likelihood of them being resolved through physical therapy or chiropractic care is greatly diminished. A chiropractor or physical therapist cannot remove the disc’s protrusion onto a nerve root, which causes the symptoms to begin with. As such, more invasive treatment might be recommended by your spine specialist, such as an epidural injection or spine surgery. An unfortunate reality of a significant disc bulge is that the bulge will not go away over time, and worst of all, it may become worse, causing further pain, discomfort and numbness. If you are suffering from any of these types of symptoms following an accident, contact our personal injury attorney immediately. We will ensure yo obtain competent medical care whether on a lien (see Medical Liens: A Primer) or through your health insurance or Med-Pay coverage (see Med Pay Coverage). We have extensive experience with the injuries discussed above and know how to maximize compensation for them. Contactour injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury accident claim.