Following an auto accident in Toledo there are any number of serious injuries which may occur. With this in mind, it is imperative that those involved seek medical attention as soon as possible and are aware of what injuries they may have sustained. The following is what to know about some of the most common accidents that occur and the steps those injured should take to file a car accident injury claim.
Neck Injuries From Auto Accidents
The impact caused by car accidents can often cause severe neck and spine injuries. Injuries like this can include herniated discs, ruptured discs, fractured vertebrae, and serious strains and sprains. The accident victim suffers damages to the nerves running down the neck and spine into the arms, hands, fingers, and legs as a direct result of those injuries. They injuries also have the potential of disabling the victim immediately after the accident as well as for life.
In most cases, the doctor will attempt conservative treatments at first, like physical therapy, and later recommend surgery only after all other non-surgical treatments have failed to help. Neck surgeries include spinal fusions, laminectomies, placement of hardware, and pain management procedures. While the victim is recovering, there is many times a need for someone to assist them around the house while they recover.
The shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). The shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems. They include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures, and arthritis.
Many surgeons attempt to treat a shoulder injury with conservative methods, like physical therapy and even rest. When this treatment does to reduce pain or alleviate the symptoms, it is often necessary to perform shoulder surgery. One frequent surgery is for a torn rotator cuff and the recovery from this surgery can be long and painful.
Treatment for these injuries can often reduce pain and help increase activity, but many times the accident victim is unable to return to work at or all or misses substantial time from work after a shoulder surgery. There is also often a need for assistance around the home during the period of recovery and assistance with activities of daily living.
Back Injuries Common With Trauma
The impact of a car accident can cause severe injuries to the back and spine. Some of these injuries can include herniated discs, ruptured discs, fractured vertebrae, and serious strains and sprains. Because of these injuries, the accident victim suffers damages to the nerves running down the neck and spine into the arms, legs and feet. These injuries can be completely disabling both immediately after the accident and even for life.
Although treatment for these injuries can help to reduce pain and increase activity ability, often times the accident victim is either unable to return to work or is not able to return right away and misses substantial time. For injuries, most doctors will attempt conservative treatments, like physical therapy, first and then only recommend surgery after all other non-surgical treatments have failed to relieve the pain and disability. Back surgeries include spinal fusions, laminectomies, placement of hardware, and pain management procedures. After back surgery, there is often a need for assistance around the home during the period of recovery.
Importance of An Attorney
It is essential that those with a back injury choose a top-rated car accident lawyer to represent them in their claims so that they and their family are taken care of. In these cases, the lawyer must have knowledge of the medical issues involving spinal injuries and back injuries.
After years of handling Toledo car accidents, our attorneys have learned that routine rear-end collisions can result in more than just whiplash injuries.