When a person is injured in a car accident, there is any number of injuries a person can experience. However, back and neck injuries are the two most common types. Keep reading to learn more about them. Remember that you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Do Not Dismiss a Back or Neck Injury
While it does depend on how severe the accident was, remember that the injuries sustained by your back and neck can seem minor at first but get much worse very quickly. Doctors often think that these injuries are less serious than they are, which can lead to a lack of proper testing and proper treatment.
The Right Testing is Important
One of the main issues with diagnosing these injuries is that they can come about in various ways. The fact that people have different levels of pain tolerance can also mean a doctor will mistakenly assume that a neck or back injury is not as serious as it actually is. This can result in not treating the injury or treating it incorrectly.
Testing Options in Cases Involving Back and Neck Injury
There are a number of ways that a doctor can test for back and neck injuries, depending on what specific injury the person might have. Testing options include:
- CT scans
- Bone scans
These are all common procedures that a person with pain in their neck or back might go through. If a doctor does not take you through these tests and claims you do not have a serious injury, you can ask for the test.
Treatment Options for Neck and Back Injuries
There are many treatment options, and the right one for a particular injury will depend largely on the injury. In some cases, icing the injury, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and resting can be enough. In other instances, it is important to go to physical therapy to keep the muscle working so it can heal. For very serious injuries, surgery might be required.
The key is that whatever the treatment plan suggested by your doctor is, you should follow it to the letter. Not following it exactly as described can lead not only to worsening injuries or injuries that never heal, but it can also lead to reducing your compensation when your case is settled with the at-fault’s insurance company.
If you have suffered a neck or back injury in an accident in which someone else was at fault, we strongly recommend that you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.