Minneapolis Neck & Back Injury Lawyer
Neck and back injuries often occur after a serious car accident. The injury is usually caused when your neck or low back is whipped back and forth very suddenly. The sudden movement causes the muscles and ligaments in your neck and back to extend beyond the typical range of motion. This can cause significant pain and limited ability to turn your head or twist your torso. These injuries can be enhanced if the impact is unexpected and there is no time to prepare your body for impact. They can also become significantly worse if your head or body is twisted at the time of the impact, contact our Minneapolis neck & back injury lawyers today.
Neck and Back Injury Symptoms
Your whiplash symptoms may not be immediate. They often appear within 24 hours after your car accident, but can sometimes take up to several weeks to develop. Some common symptoms include:
- Neck/back pain and stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Persistent weariness or fatigue
It is important you see a doctor immediately after being in a car accident, even if you are not currently in pain.
Neck and Back Injury Treatment
A diagnosis of your neck and back pain can be determined with a series of questions and tests performed by your doctor. The questions will include how the injury occurred, the position of your body at impact and whether your pain is characterized as “shooting pain”, “sharp pain” or “dull pain”. A serious neck injury is often characterized by headaches and pain shooting (radiating pain) into your arms and hands with associated numbness into your fingers. A serious back injury is usually characterized by pain shooting (radiating) into your buttock, legs, knees and feet with associated numbness into your lower extremities and sometimes it causes incontinence.
Many times, these pains can be reduced or completely healed after seeking a course of chiropractic care or physical therapy. Many of our client’s have also found massage therapy and acupuncture to assist in the healing process.
If the pain persists, or if you are having radiating pain into your arms or legs, an MRI may be needed to diagnose and neurological problems. If your neck or back pain is causing headaches, numbness into your fingers or toes, or other types of shooting pains into your shoulders, arms, or your feet. These can be signs that you may have a disc bulge or a herniated disc in your spine. This is a serious injury that could be permanent and sometimes requires a serious surgical procedure to remedy.
Your Neck and Back Injuries After a Car Accident
It is important you seek medical treatment for the injuries you’ve sustained. If you do not seek medical treatment for these injuries there will be no evidence that you are injures. The medical records generated after a car accident are the most significant and important way to build evidence of your injury.
The experienced Minneapolis neck & back injury lawyers at Gunther Law Office will fight relentlessly against the insurance companies to ensure that your medical bills are paid and that you get the care and compensation you deserve.