Posted on December 28, 2015 in Personal Injury
It is a well known fact that even minor car accidents can create serious spinal injuries. Normally, the body of automobile passengers move in sync with the automobile itself. However, an impact can cause this syncopation to cease when the car suddenly changes velocity. Even small impacts can create a sudden velocity change. When the velocity shifts, the bodies of those in the automobile are no longer synced up with the cars movements. This quick shift causes the spinal column to whip. The quick whip can and often will cause pain and discomfort. Almost as often, that little whip can cause a more significant and long-lasting injury.
Whiplash can herniate discs in the spine (the soft tissue that cushions and separates the vertebrae). The injury could be limited one disc, but could also involved many at a time. In either case, the effects of the small car accident can be long lasting and debilitating. A herniated disc can create severe muscle guarding, resulting in horrible back or neck aches. In more serious situations, the disc will protrude into the spinal chord, resulting in symptoms of pain, numbness and weakness in the extremities (lower back – legs, neck – arms). Over time, a herniated disc will lose fluid and height (also known as rapid disc desiccation). This scenario usually leads to invasive back surgery.
While not all small auto crashes will lead to catastrophic spine damage, many do. The most important thing to know is that compensation could be available to pay for treatment and the loss of life enjoyment that results from debilitating back and neck damage due to car accidents.
All insurance companies will downplay lower velocity impacts on the false basis that no mechanism of injury can exist with a low impact crash. However, medical science has affirmed time and again that whiplash can occur during even the most minor traffic collisions. Therefore, seek a personal injury attorney immediately to start the process of getting your medical expenses and pain and suffering paid form.
Napolin Law Firm, located in Claremont, California, the land of trees and PhDs, represents individuals and families who have fallen victim to automobile accidents. If you have been injured by a car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle, we are here to provide a free case evaluation to see if you qualify for a contingency fee billing arrangement. This means that you only pay a percentage of recovery when we win the case.