Neck and back injuries are some of the most common forms of injuries that can result from an automobile accident. These types of injuries usually occur when one is rear-ended. However, such injuries can happen when someone is hit from the side or from the front. Common symptoms of neck and back injuries from a car accident include neck and shoulder pain or stiffness, soreness or pain in the jaw, a weak feeling in one or both arms and discomfort in the neck, upper or lower back.
Some or even all of these injuries often do not show up until days or even weeks after the accident. The adrenaline rush that naturally occurs after a car accident tends to mask the pain, leading many to mistakenly conclude that they do not need to seek out medical treatment after a seemingly mild car accident. Unfortunately, waiting a few days or weeks after the accident to seek treatment is too late, as doing so makes it difficult or even impossible to prove that the car accident was indeed to blame for your deteriorating state of health.
If you have been in an auto accident of any kind, we encourage you to seek medical help as soon as possible. Doing so can enable your doctor to diagnose any medical condition or problem that has arisen as the result of the accident. Getting legal help after a car accident is also very important. Carvajal Smithwick Garcia, LLP has experience in helping individuals receive compensation from car accidents where they were not at fault. Some forms of compensation you may be entitled to include loss of earnings, reimbursement of medical bills and punitive damages.