Major Back and Neck Injuries in Minor Accidents
You can’t always judge the degree of injury based on the severity of the car accident. When you have been injured, it pays to call upon our Madison personal injury lawyers right away. We have all seen cars that are crushed and heard stories of the driver walking away with only minor cuts and bruises. Just as major crashes sometimes cause only minor injuries, on occasion minor collisions result in major injuries. In an accident, the body experiences a jarring force from the impact. Sometimes, even in relatively minor accidents the force occurs in such a way that it causes a severe injury. These injuries often involve a hyperextension of the neck or back.
These injuries can damage the discs in the neck and back, causing herniation or a slipped disc. Other times, the discs themselves can be damaged and, in turn, place pressure on the nerves. Some individuals, especially the elderly, may experience compression fractures of the spine even in low-impact crashes. These painful injuries may require treatment and, in some cases, can result in lifelong pain and disability.
Some symptoms of these injuries include:
- Neck or back pain
- Restricted range of motion (for example, turning the head all the way to the side, or bending over completely)
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Pain may be constant, come and go inconsistently, or occur with movement
It is not unusual to experience some degree of back or neck pain after an accident. Without an examination, it is impossible to determine if the pain is due to soft tissue injuries that will heal in time or more severe disc or spinal cord injuries that may require surgery or other treatment. That is why it is important to be examined by a medical professional after a car accident, no matter how small.
If you did not seek medical treatment after the accident, or you were told your injuries would heal on their own but you are still experiencing pain, it is important to contact a Madison personal injury attorney right away. We can work with you to ensure that you receive appropriate care and help to get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Insurance adjusters may be reluctant to award compensation for major injuries in minor collisions. They may question if your injuries were caused by the accident or suggest that you may be exaggerating your pain or disability. That’s why it is important to have an experienced Madison personal injury lawyer on your side. We will represent you and help you get a fair settlement for your injuries.
Remember- no one should have to suffer due to the negligence of another. We will pursue your case vigorously so that you can focus on healing. Contact the Eisenberg Law Firm today either online or at 608-256-8356 for a free consultation.