Neck injuries are extremely common after a
car accident. Yet the majority of accident victims fail to report these injuries—largely
because they are afraid that they will be met with skepticism or scrutiny
by medical professionals and insurance agents. This doubt and uncertainty
means that neck pain often goes untreated—which can lead to chronic
pain and long-term disability.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found
that 70% of all car accident victims continue to have musculoskeletal
pain 6 weeks post-accident. Nearly 4 million Americans are taken to emergency
rooms after their accidents, and 90% are discharged promptly. Unfortunately,
neck pain can take days and even weeks to become apparent.
When it does, injured accident victims don’t seek compensation for
fear of being seen as someone who is just looking to sue. In fact, only
17% of all accident victims who had persistent pain had contacted a lawyer
six weeks post-accident.
When the UNC researchers reviewed the data, they found that car accident
victims still suffered from moderate to severe neck pain or widespread
musculoskeletal pain in 7 or more body regions even 6 weeks after a crash.
Yet despite this pain, the majority of the victims were not seeking treatment
Neck injuries can have many symptoms, including:
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or tingling in arms or legs
- Pain when moving neck in certain directions
- Limited movement of neck or stiffness
- Sensory changes or decreased feeling in fingers or toes
- Disturbed Sleep
- Burning or electrical sensations down arms
Unfortunately, suffering in silence can have a significant impact on your
ability to file an insurance claim or a
personal injury lawsuit. Avoiding treatment may be viewed as the absence of an injury or pain,
and defense lawyers and insurance adjusters will use this to decrease
their liability. Seeking medical treatment is evidence that you have been
injured. Your attorney can use this information to build a solid case
that shows the severity of your injuries and accurately displays the pain
you have suffered.
If you have been injured in a car crash, it is important to seek medical
treatment for your injuries. Delaying medical treatment will not only
have a serious impact on your insurance claim, but it will also make it
more difficult to physically recover from your injuries. In addition,
delaying medical treatment may result in your injury becoming chronic—leading
to a lifetime of pain and suffering.
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If you or someone you love has suffered from neck pain after an accident,
the personal injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal can help. To learn more
about your legal options, call our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys
at (954) 522-6601 for a