Neck Injuries And Other Car Crash Injuries In Minnesota
For many car wrecks in Minneapolis, emergency medical care alone could cost over $65,000. This sum does not include follow-up medical care, physical therapy, and other related expenses. Many health insurance companies refuse to pay these costs for liability reasons, and many families cannot possibly afford to pay out of pocket.
To solve this problem, a personal injury attorney reaches out to medical providers with a letter of protection. This letter guarantees payment when the case is resolved, so these providers charge no upfront fees. Moreover, an experienced lawyer can direct victims to doctors and care facilities which focus on these types of injuries. So, victims get the best possible care at the lowest possible cost.
Understanding the Effects of Whiplash in Minnesota
Neck injuries are peculiar injuries. Because they are soft tissue injuries, they may not show up on X-rays and other common diagnostic tools. So, many doctors do not diagnose whiplash. Some even consider it to be a phantom illness.
But whiplash is very real, and it’s very common in Minnesota car accidents. In high or moderate-speed collisions, G-forces suddenly and violently move victims’ heads forwards or at other odd angles. Their heads then snap back against the vehicle head restraints. That motion places extreme stress on the cervical spine, causing symptoms like:
- Neck pain,
- Reduced range of motion in the neck,
- Upper back pain, and
- Numbness that begins in the neck and radiates down the arms.
Further complicating the medical diagnosis problems, these symptoms, and others like them, often come and go. So, even if patients feel fine their whiplash may remain, and it’s only a matter of time before symptoms reappear.
Moreover, there is no surgical or medicinal cure for whiplash. Extensive and targeted physical therapy is the only known treatment. That’s why it is so important to work with medical professionals who fully understand the medical and physical nuances of whiplash.
Other Car Crash Injuries in Minnesota
In addition to neck injuries, the massive forces involved in Minneapolis car wrecks often cause a wide range of other injuries, including:
- Broken Bones: These injuries often require months to heal and months of physical rehabilitation to regain lost function. The bones are so badly broken that doctors often use metal screws, plates, or pins to set the bones during emergency surgery.
- Internal Injuries: The same forces that cause whiplash also cause internal organs to grind and bump against each other. This bleeding sometimes goes undetected for several hours, because doctors and emergency responders are understandably focused on external trauma injuries.
- Exsanguination: Between the external and internal injuries, victims are often on the verge of hypovolemic shock by the time they receive treatment.
In addition to medical bills and other economic damages, Minneapolis car crash victims are also entitled to money for loss of enjoyment in life, pain and suffering, loss of consortium (companionship), emotional distress, and other noneconomic damages.
Work With an Aggressive Attorney
Neck injuries are difficult to identify and difficult to treat. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Minnesota, contact the Gunther Law Office. Our main office is conveniently located a few blocks from the Target Center.