Neck and Back Pain After Car Crash
Most people (78%) who are rear ended in a car accident suffer neck and back pain for more than a week. In half of these patients, their discomfort will last for more than a year, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
Even low impact car crashes can do damage to those involved. And the problem is after a car accident if people can walk away, many just assume they are fine. Many times after a car accident the best advice is to see a doctor just to be sure you’re okay.
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Some car accidents can cause serious property damage.
These kind of accidents can cause severe structural deficiencies and chronic pain, problems that can seriously diminish the victim’s ability to enjoy life, work, and function properly.
Many extremely serious injuries are called “catastrophic injuries” because they cause damage to the most important parts of the human body, including:
- Spinal cord
Unfortunately, most insurance company settlements are limited to a certain amount.
For those who suffer from serious injuries, offers from insurance companies are typically not enough to fully recover from said damages.
A personal injury claim allows you to seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering, too.
An experienced attorney can help you during this process and fight for you while you focus on recovering from your physical and emotional wounds.
Common Accident Types That Cause Lower Back and Neck Pain
Accidents that cause injuries to the neck and back (or head injuries) can also be classified by the number of cars involved in the crash.
According to this we could classify motor vehicle accidents in the following categories:
- Road exits, and loss of control
- Collisions between two vehicles
- Multiple or chain collisions
- Rear end collisions
What is Discogenic Pain?
The term “discogenic pain” refers to the origin of the pain of one or more intervertebral discs.
Back pain – a common discomfort after a car accident – can be caused by lumbar sprain, spinal stenosis, herniated disc, and different degenerative diseases of the spine.
Proper Diagnosis and Treatment For Discogenic Injuries
Degenerative disc injuries can best be seen with MRIs.
If pain in one or more discs in the spine is suspected, the doctor may order a discography.
During this sterilization procedure, a contrast medium is injected into the discs to be studied, to make each disc visible under fluoroscopy.
The provocative discography helps the doctor see the shape and size of the intervertebral discs.
Injection of the contrast solution alters the pressure within the disc and can “trigger” or reproduce the patient’s pain pattern, which helps to isolate and detect a particular disc as a pain generator.
- Treatments without surgery
There are many different types of treatment to help relieve back and leg pain.
Often, treatments are combined, for better control of the symptoms.
- Medications: anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, opioids.
- Physiotherapy: passive therapies such as ultrasound, transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS), and massages can be combined with a disciplined program of elongation and strengthening exercises. Strengthening the base (abdominal and lower back muscles) is often helpful in relieving the pain of degenerative disc disease. When the muscles around the disc become stronger, you can reduce the pain.
- Spinal injections: local anesthetics combined with injections of long-acting corticosteroids. This combination of medications can be injected into the joints or around the nerves of the back to help reduce back pain and pain in the leg.
- Clamps: clamps (orthotics) help support the back and limit movements that can cause episodes of pain. In the long run, they can lead to weakening of the abdominal muscles and cause muscle spasms.
- Alternative therapies: acupuncture, hydrotherapy and magnetotherapy.
- Lifestyle modification: dieting to reach a more appropriate weight for the back, quitting smoking, and performing physical activity help maintain a healthy spine.
Diagnosis and Treatment For Facial Injuries
Treatment for facial injuries can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of the injuries.
Slight cuts and contusions can be treated by dressing the wounds and allowing them to heal.
If the cut is deep enough, stitches may be needed as well. Most bruises simply need time to heal.
Medications for pain and rest are the best course of treatment for these types of injuries.
If you have suffered dental damage, such as a chipped tooth, a trip to the dentist will probably be the best course of action.
In serious accidents that compromise broken bones and deep facial cuts, surgery may be the best option for repairing damaged areas.
Plastic surgery can also help cover intense scarring.
What is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
If you have suffered any of the following expenses resulting from your personal injury, then you may be entitled to compensation:
- Medical costs: Any costs you have incurred to recover your health.
- Rehabilitation costs: Continuous rehabilitation costs such as sanatorium care, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation costs are reimbursable.
- Personal out-of-pocket expenses: If you spend on child care, cleaning aids, drivers or other support personnel you did not need previously to your injuries.
- Loss of income: Loss of income due to being out of work, projected time off work, reduced hours, or reduced income due to a change in profession caused by your injuries.
- Pain and suffering: You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering related to your injuries. Loss of experiences such as inability to attend school, social events and vacations, may also give you the right to sue for damages. Physical pain and suffering incurred due to physical disabilities or disfigurement, may also be reimbursable.
- Damage to property: If property damage occurred in the accident that resulted in your personal injury, then you may be entitled to compensation for such damages.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim to Get Compensation?
In California, the statute of limitations gives an injured person a period of two years from the moment he or she sustained the injuries to go to court and bring their suit against those who might be liable.
This is why you need to act as soon as possible and hire the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.
You also want to be sure that a police report was filed for your accident, which can greatly help your case.
You can count on us at Avrek to help you seek the justice you and your loved ones deserve.
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