Neck injuries are probably the most common type of injury that occurs in truck, car, bike, or motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, such injuries are often very difficult to treat and can produce very devastating consequences.
Of course, any fracture to the neck has the potential for catastrophic consequences. Depending upon the level of the cervical spine that is broken, any involvement of the spinal cord or nerves at any cervical (neck) level has the potential for death, and paralysis. It is crucial that the best medical advice be utilized by any injured accident victim who has suffered such an injury, since there is very little room for error, and any mistake can literally ruin the person’s life. A competent personal injury or accident attorney will be able to assess whether or not an injured person is receiving the best care, and if you, as an injured person, have to ask your attorney for that assessment, you should have immediate concerns about the attorney’s own competence, or at the very least, commitment to helping the injured client. A personal injury lawyer should always be involved in determining whether or not his or her injured client is receiving proper and personal attention for the injury from the treating doctors and hospitals.
It is also common for health insurance companies to interfere in the treatment of an injured automobile accident victim, and try to save money for itself by limiting the care given by hospitals and treating doctors. Health insurance companies often try to stop or discourage doctors from prescribing needed physical therapy, CT and MRI Scans, and will even deny needed surgery or paliatative treatment, leaving the injured car accident victim to suffer, perhaps permanently.
The neck strain/sprain, commonly referred to as a “whiplash” injury, is the most common neck injury suffered in a car, bike, or motorcycle accident. Propaganda and outright false and deceitful advertising and information publicized by the automobile insurance industry has stigmatized and made this type of personal injury to be one often perceived as unreal, exaggerated, or faked by someone suffering from it. This is the injury that the insurance companies most commonly fight and reduce payments owed to injured auto accident victims because insurance companies have well-developed schemes to deceive and cheat car accident victims. Do not be fooled by the apparently kind and trustworthy injury adjuster! They are trained to “con” the injured accident victim into trusting them and after the insurance company has tricked or deceived the injured person, they reduce or deny payment! A competent lawyer can and will spot these tricks, and warn his or her client, and take steps to stop the insurance company’s schemes.
An injured person should never feel embarrassed or afraid to tell their doctor and to seek immediate treatment for a “whiplash” neck injury. These injuries can be very devastating in themselves, and if untreated, can become chronic and life long. The insurance industry has spent millions of dollars over the years in spreading false information to convince the public that these types of injuries are not real, not because such injuries are in fact unreal or faked, but because of the difficulty in diagnosing them, especially with a delay in treatment. The automobile and truck insurance companies then pocket undeserved windfall profits by not having to pay injured car and truck accident victims who have suffered these neck injuries. Anyone who has suffered a neck strain or sprain injury, i.e., whiplash, knows that not only are such injuries very real, but they have a tremendous harmful impact on a person’s ability to perform their every day life activities.
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