If you have been involved in an auto accident it is very
important for you to seek medical care immediately even if
you do not experience any symptoms.
Do you know that Florida Auto Insurance Law requires you
to seek medical care within 14 days of the accident or you
lose your mandatory PIP, or personal injury protection, that
will pay your medical bills?
Many auto accidents, thankfully, are “fender benders,
resulting in slight damage to your vehicle and with yourself
not feeling any immediate pain. Most of us are always
running, busy with our daily lives, and if we get into an
accident that did not result in having to be transported to the
hospital we usually just carry on with our schedule; going to
work late or getting to where we were trying to go to. The last
thing most think of is that there’s something wrong with our
body from the fender bender. The truth is that the symptoms
of a Soft Tissue Injury may not manifest for days, weeks or
even months after a car wreck.
Soft tissue injury means bruising, spraining, straining, and other damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the human body -- the "soft" areas of the body, as opposed to bone. Soft tissue injuries can include whiplash (which affects the neck and upper spine) and less serious structural damage at any joint or limb such as the shoulder, knee, elbow, foot, ankle, wrists, and hands. Soft Tissue Injuries Can be Painful and Long-Lasting In a car accident case, insurance adjusters often contest or attempt to trivialize soft tissue injuries, especially whiplash. However, soft tissue injuries can be very serious.
A car accident can be a violent experience, with all kinds of sudden stops and starts that can take their toll on the body. After an accident, you may experience continuing neck and back pain, stiffness, and headaches. X-rays may not indicate an injury, but you need to communicate your pain and discomfort to your treating physicians, and to specialists you may be referred to. In some car accident cases, soft tissue injuries can persist and cause complications for six months or more after the accident, and they may necessitate ongoing follow-up medical care. In that case, you are entitled to compensation for all medical treatment you receive as a result of your soft tissue injuries, as well as other damages such as time missed at work and the negative impact the injuries have had on your life. Dr Flynn documents your injuries and treatment protocol and also performs Permanent Impairment examinations and reports necessary for you to be compensated.
Whiplashis one of the most common injuries sustained in automobile accidents. It occurs during the impact of your accident when your neck is forcibly whipped back and forth and side-to- side past its normal range of motion. Whiplash affects the muscles and tissues in your back and neck. You may feel stiffness, back pain and neck pain immediately or it could take days, weeks even months for your symptoms to appear. It is crucial to treat whiplash immediately even if you are not yet experiencing neck or back pain.
Headaches and migraines can be caused by whiplash, head injuries or other types of car accident injury. Headaches may appear when your neck is damaged because the stress or strain on your neck muscles can cause pain to radiate to your head. Head injuries or trauma to your head can cause headaches and migraines. If you are experiencing headaches after your car accident, then you should get treated as soon as possible so that your headache pain does not become permanent.
Herniated disc is another injury that can be sustained in an auto accident. This occurs when a spinal disc bulges and puts pressure on the nerves in your back. A sudden jerk from a car accident can cause a disc herniation by tearing the annulus fibrosis, the fibers that secure your discs to the vertebra. This can cause a condition known as radiculopathy, that causes pain, numbness, pins/needles or weakness in the arms or legs.
Sciatica is caused by disc or nerve root pressure on the lumbosacral nerves that exit your lower spine resulting in radiating pain down the back of the leg and also to other regions of the leg or buttock.