The Bellovin Law Firm, PLLC in Tucson, Arizona
Rear-end collisions are the most common of all accidents. They can occur for a variety of reasons; among them, the striking driver was not paying attention to the road conditions in front of them. These collisions are unique in the force they project on the driver and/or passengers of the vehicle struck from behind. It is typically very forceful and unexpected.
Neck, Mid, and Lower Back Injuries From Auto Collisions
A vehicle going faster can create severe damage in terms of the force applied to the occupants of the vehicle struck from behind, often stopped in traffic.
Unique injuries occur from the motion and force that a rear-end collision can create.
Most people do not know and cannot remember that their body first moved backward upon impact and then forward.
Most people only remember the going forward part because they lose consciousness for a small fraction of time on impact.
Unknown to most, microscopic tearing of tissue in the neck, mid and lower back often occurs. This damage cannot be seen.
The seat belt on impact exerts pressure on the front chest and abdomen area of the body causing injury…
Many complex injuries can be created by a rear-end collision.
Whiplash Injuries From Car Accidents
Typically, one can expect to receive a cervical spine or neck injury often referred to as a whiplash injury. This term refers to the motion that causes the injury to the neck, upper back, and middle back. Sometimes, in severe cases, the collision causes a herniated disc and nerve injury which can result in surgery and substantial medical bills, some of which may not be covered by insurance. Diagnostic medical tests such as MRI’s, Cat scans, and nerve conduction studies may be indicated for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Other Injuries From Car Wrecks
If you experience popping and clicking when you chew or headaches on the sides of the face near the ears often you have developed a TMJ injury to the jaw which requires treatment from a dental professional. Often these symptoms don’t appear for as many as 30 days from the date of an accident.
Many people also strike their knees on the dashboard of the vehicle and don’t remember doing so and then discover that they have difficulty walking following the collision, sometimes days or weeks later.
Also, some people develop a closed head concussion and have difficulty with memory, headaches dizziness, and can even see sparkles in front of their eyes. They can also be highly emotional following a rear-end collision.
A specialized medical professional such as a neurologist or a neuropsychologist often needs to be consulted to treat this type of concussion and its symptoms.
PTSD From Auto Accidents
Some people develop a fear of driving and post-traumatic stress disorder and will need to see a psychologist for that condition that specializes in this type of therapy.
Chiropractic For Rear-End Collisions
Often, it takes many months to recover from these injuries. People find the best relief with chiropractic care for this type of injury while others use physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, or a combination of the above.
Each person’s injury responds uniquely to the different treatments. It’s important to find the treatment that works the best for your specific type of injury.
Here at the Bellovin Law Firm, PLLC we have successfully handled thousands of rear-end collision cases. These cases can require some specialized knowledge on the part of the attorney.