When someone files a personal injury claim against the party at fault, the cost of their injury expenses, including medical treatments, are included. As chiropractors, we see a lot of people who have been hurt who are also involved in litigation to recover their accident damages. In fact, it is quite common for chiropractors to treat accident victims.
Common Car Accident Injuries
In many instances, a person can be injured in a car accident but not realize it immediately. Depending on the injury, it could be days or even weeks before the symptoms present. Unfortunately, because they’re unaware of where or even how they’re injured, it makes them vulnerable to exacerbating their injury. This is why it’s important to see a medical professional any time your body has been forced to undergo physical movement that is not natural. These are some of the most common injuries we see in patients who were victims of car accidents:
- Knee and leg injuries in auto accidents are quite common and they can diminish one’s quality of life. They can cause mobility problems that are just as serious as neck and back injuries.
- Whiplash is another common injury from auto accidents. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, reduced range of motion, shoulder pain and arm pain.
- Back or spinal cord injuries. A car accident victim may not be aware that they need immediate medical attention for a serious injury to their spinal cord or back. This is because adrenaline from the accident can block out the body’s pain receptors and prevent the brain from understanding that a serious injury has occurred. Thankfully, most emergency first responders are trained to examine accident victims for these types of injuries even in the absence of any symptoms.
Treating Injuries from Car Accidents
As chiropractors, we are specially trained to treat back and neck injuries which are often as a result of auto accidents. All too often, people who have been hurt in a car accident or sudden impact incident experience joint pain, intense stiffness, and muscle pain. Knees hitting the dashboard is one of the most common car accident injuries.
A lot of the time mobility issues associated with knee damage, overall stiffness and pain prevents people from being able to complete their daily activities. This may include their job duties which can cause them to lose work days, or even their job.
It’s very important that anyone seriously injured in a car accident seek medical attention immediately. The longer they wait, the more likely their injury will worsen, and that can develop into lifelong problems. Contacting an experienced legal professional such as the personal injury attorney is recommended.