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Neck Injuries and Car Accidents

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention promptly, even if you do not immediately feel hurt. Even minor accidents are associated with neck injuries, which if left untreated can cause long lasting pain and other complications. Soft tissue injuries of the neck or back can take time before they begin to show symptoms, and by then, the effects of the injury may be more severe and longer lasting than if they had been assessed right away.

Car Accidents & Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with car accidents. Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the body endures rapid and intense acceleration and deceleration. The head whips back before being thrust forward by the force of the collision, all while the rest of the body remains unmoving. Whiplash can cause severe damage to muscles, invertebral joints, discs and ligaments, and nerve roots, leading to the following symptoms:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Pain or numbness in the arm or hand

Do not ignore these symptoms! If you suspect that you have suffered a neck injury after an accident, visit a doctor for a medical evaluation. Not only will this prompt evaluation benefit your health, it will also support the strength of your personal injury claim when the time comes to seek compensation for your losses. Delaying seeking medical care is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to the legal aspect of their case.

Car accident victims are encouraged to contact a Detroit car accident lawyer at Goodman Acker P.C. for a free legal consultation in which they can go over their legal options. Types of compensation recoverable in car accident cases typically include pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Because each case is different, call us to discuss what may be recoverable in your unique situation.

Contact Goodman Acker P.C. today to learn more about your rights after a car accident.

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