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Have Neck and Back Injuries After a Car Crash? Here Are 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Pain

May 25, 2021

You didn’t see the car crash coming. You were stopped at a light when all of a sudden, your head and neck flies forward, snaps backwards, and then strikes your steering wheel. A driver crashed into the back of your car, damaging your vehicle and sending immediate pain shooting through your neck and back.

After exchanging insurance information and speaking with the police officer at the scene of the crash, you have a choice to make: do you get medical attention for your pain, or do you go home to ice your neck and hope things feel better in the morning?

Neck and Back Injuries Are Common After a Crash

Car crashes are a common cause of neck injuries. The human body isn’t designed to absorb impact, which is why wearing your seatbelt is so essential. When your car changes speed suddenly, like in a collision, your seatbelt keeps your body from flying forward at the speed your car was traveling before the impact. However, a seatbelt can’t protect your head and neck. That’s why whiplash is such a common injury after a rear-end collision—your head and neck are still able to move, absorbing the impact of the crash.

However, you might feel persistent pain throughout the rest of your back as well. That’s because your neck and back are a complex system of bones, ligaments, nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. A minor injury to one area can cause pain and swelling in other parts, making it hard to do your daily routine.

The neck and back are also vulnerable to serious, life-changing injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Whiplash
  • Herniated discs
  • Ligament or soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries or nerve damage
  • Broken or fractured bones from the impact of a crash

4 Reasons to Go to the Doctor After a Car Crash

1. You Could Have a Severe Back Injury and Not Know It

We always say you should go got the doctor after a crash, even if you don’t feel hurt. Hidden injuries can get worse as the adrenaline from the crash wears off. Getting treated quickly, whether at the emergency room, urgent care, or even your primary care physician, can save you time, pain, and money in the future.

Getting treated quickly, whether at the emergency room, urgent care, or even your primary care physician, can save you time, pain, and money in the future.

Some symptoms of a neck or back injury include:

  • Muscle pain or soreness
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning feeling
  • Weakness
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Bruising
  • Balance issues

It’s important to know that many serious back conditions start off as “just” some aches and pains. It can take time for more serious symptoms to develop as inflamed tissues, herniated discs, and other damage creates pressure on your nerves and spinal cord.

Signs of a severe back injury include:

  • Pain that shoots into the arms or legs
  • Paralysis, or inability to walk or move
  • Numbness or a “pins and needles” feeling
  • Blood in your urine
  • Bladder or bowel incontinence
  • Foot drop, when you have difficulty lifting the front part of your foot, causing it to drag

If you experience any of these symptoms, go immediately to an emergency room for treatment. Delaying treatment could lead to a life-changing disability.

2. Delaying Treatment Could Make Your Injury Worse

We know how difficult it is to “pause” life so you can heal. However, when you ignore your pain and skip getting a diagnosis, continuing life as usual can make some injuries worse. Injuries like broken bones and herniated discs require medical attention and time to heal. When you delay treatment, it can result in more pain, medical bills, and recovery time for you down the road.

3. The Doctor Will Be Able to Help You Manage Your Pain

Pain makes everything more difficult. You shouldn’t have to suffer as you get your life back on track—whether you’re heading back to work for the first time, taking care of your family, or just trying to enjoy your hobbies. If you’re struggling to live pain-free after a crash, don’t wait to see a doctor who can help you address and manage your pain. Medications, treatment and certain exercises can make a big difference in restoring your quality of life.

4. When You File a Car Insurance Claim, Your Medical Records Can Be Used as Evidence

One way injured people get compensation for their pain, their medical bills, lost wages, and more is by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. These claims require evidence that you were hurt in the crash, and your medical records, test results, and bills are essential. If you have questions about what is considered evidence and how to make sure you have what you need to file a claim, don’t wait to talk to a lawyer.

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Don’t Let the Cost of Care Keep You From Getting Help

We know tests and treatment can be expensive, but don’t let that cost stop you from getting the medical care you need. You deserve to live pain-free! And when you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, you can include the costs of your care and use the settlement or verdict money to pay your bills instead of that money coming out of your own pocket.

However, filing a successful claim on your own is notoriously difficult. If you need help getting the money you deserve after a crash, don’t sign anything from the insurance company without consulting an attorney first. We can meet with you in a free consultation to help you understand your options, the true value of your claim, and what to do next.

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: Fighting for Injured People in Alabama and Mississippi

If you or a loved one are suffering because of someone else’s dangerous choices, you shouldn’t have to fight for the compensation you deserve alone. The team at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys has decades of experience helping injured people like you get the money they need to pay their bills and a winning reputation to prove it.

To learn more about our approach, how our team can support you, and what to do next, please don’t hesitate to request a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.


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