Car accidents which result in a neck or spine injury in Mission Viejo, Orange County, Riverside or throughout Southern California can make a profound impact on a person’s life. The forces associated with a car accident are quite powerful. These forces rapidly and harshly move the body in multiple directions in fractions of a second. This can result in contortions to your neck and spine which they are not designed to handle. The result could be soft tissue damage to the discs in your spinal column or a serious and permanent injury.
Many people seem to feel “ok” after an accident and are thankful they are “uninjured.” You may think you’ve escaped with a few bruises, however in many cases there is extensive damage to the soft tissue and fractures of the underlying vertebrae and bones. Symptoms can take weeks or months to present.
Car accidents which result in a neck or spine injury are quite common. Compression of the spinal column occurs in many accidents. The ligaments and muscles of the back actually pull against one another attempting to return your neck and spine into alignment. The compression results in herniated discs. It may take several weeks to a few months for the vertebrae to begin to grind against one another or against the spinal cord. A person who thought they were uninjured after the accident often finds themselves completely immobilized and bedridden, unable to move, work or handle basic life tasks.
This is why it is critically important to visit your own doctor or an urgent care facility within 24 hours of an accident, even if you think you’re uninjured. There could be damage to the vertebrae or discs in your neck or spine. If you do not initially see a doctor, the insurance company will likely reject your claim resulting in the loss of valuable compensation to which you would otherwise entitled. The insurance company will say “You said you were uninjured in the accident. You told your friends, co-workers, family members and all of your social media accounts you were fine. The injuries you’re experiencing were obviously incurred after the accident and your just trying to get us to pay for them.”
Car accidents which result in a neck or spine injury can result in medical expenses and lost wages which add up over time. These injuries are quite painful and your recovery can be a long road. My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience in these cases I can tell you it is always best to immediately seek medical attention after an accident, even if you think you are perfectly fine. Better safe than sorry. I invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call (949)305-1400 for a free consultation. There is no cost to you out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.
We will hold those responsible for your injuries financially accountable and seek the recovery of all of your expenses including medical bills and lost wages as well as compensation for having to endure your injuries and recovery.