Florida Auto Accident Injuries: CRPS, Whiplash?
After suffering injuries in an auto accident, injuries can be severe. No matter the injuries resulting from an auto accident, pain and suffering ensues.
What happens after a sustaining injuries in a Florida auto accident?
After a car accident, a victim should receive treatment on the scene. Then, if injuries are severe, victims receive medical attention at an ER. Hospitals triage injuries: internal bleeding, Spinal Cord Injury, TBI, broken bones. Normally, injuries receive treatment in order of severity. After a car accident, the hospital will most likely keep a patient overnight for observation. This allows complications that can arise to receive treatment in a timely manner.
After a car accident, diagnostic imaging is always necessary. Diagnostic imaging includes: MRI, CT-Scan, X-ray, and DTI. Which imaging technique a doctor chooses is specific to the injuries of the patient.
After a car accident, sometimes victims only have minor bumps and bruises. In these instances victims may insist they do not require medical attention. They simply wish to go home. As a result, victims risk further injury.
It’s important for any victim who sustains injuries in a car accident to allow transport to a hospital.
A victim may have an “invisible” injury that, left undetected causes severe pain and suffering later.
What are car accident injuries? There are a wide range of injuries victims sustain after coming to harm from a negligent or reckless motorist.
Shaked Law Firm provides an explanation of auto accident injuries by answering the following:
- What injuries result from Florida auto accidents?
- How do victims recover after an auto accident?
- When do injuries result from Florida auto accidents?
- What are symptoms of CRPS after an auto accident?
What injuries result from Florida auto accidents?
There are several injuries common after an auto accident.
- Whiplash: Whiplash occurs when the head and neck move rapidly back-and-forth during an auto accident. This is often a result of the impact when a car collides with something else on the road. As a result, the force causes the neck to sustain a back-forth-motion too quickly.
- Broken bones
- TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury results when the skull collides with a hard surface at high impact. This can be the dashboard, the road (motorcycle accident), or a window. In auto accidents with TBI, permanent injury can occur.
- Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal Cord Injury, “SCI”, occurs when the vertebrae of the spine suffer trauma. This trauma can result in paralysis, quadriplegia, or in the worst cases Wrongful Death.
- CRPS: CRPS due to auto accidents is much more common than CRPS due to surgical errors. CRPS due to auto accidents is usually due to Type 2, or Causalgia. This type of CRPS occurs when there is direct cause for injury. In instances of an auto accident, direct injury to nerves occurs, leaving the victim in excruciating pain. This can occur in any auto accidents involving hands, arms, neck, back, and spine.
This article focuses on CRPS after an auto accident. This is because while not exactly uncommon, it’s rarely a topic of discussion. This article intends to change that!
What are the symptoms of CRPS after auto accidents?
Next, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of CRPS after an auto accident. Symptoms of CRPS often appear weeks or months into recovery. Due to the severity of other injuries, CRPS may not come to light as quickly after an accident. Sometimes, victims fail to associate painful CRPS symptoms with their auto accident. This is not the victim’s fault!
There are other injuries that mimic the same symptoms, at first.
Whiplash is an injury that tends to mimic symptoms of CRPS in the short-term. However, patients usually recover from Whiplash, and the pain goes away with time. Doctors mistake CRPS symptoms for the “nerve damage” or a “pinched nerve” resulting from Whiplash. This is due to the fact that the same symptoms occurring in Whiplash, occur in CRPS. Unfortunately, CRPS will not heal on its own. In fact, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome causes lifelong, permanent pain and suffering.
According to Mayo Clinic, the following is a short list of severe CRPS symptoms:
- Burning, aching, cold, stabbing pain
- Abnormal numbness or tingling
- Loss of motor control or function (if CRPS occurs in the hands)
- Continuous burning or throbbing pain in the hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Changes in skin temperature
- Sensitivity to touch
- Swelling of the painful area
- Changes in skin color: red, blue, white, blotchy
- Changes in skin tenderness
- Stiff joints, joint swelling, joint damage
- Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness
Several of these symptoms can co-occur with nerve damage due to Whiplash.
How do victims recover after an auto accident?
Many people can fully recover from Whiplash injuries and broken bones. However, thousands of people every year suffer the chronic, permanent pain of CRPS. Post accident, victims who suffer from CRPS may find themselves losing quality of life. CRPS is “the suicide disease”. It takes complete quality of life away from its victims. Once athletic people find themselves unable to engage in active hobbies. The long-term affects of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome are widespread.
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Thus, it’s for these reasons that retaining a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer to pursue a victim’s rights after an accident is in the client’s best interest. Medical expenses victims incur attempting to seek treatment for injuries can cause financial losses on the legal side.
Why do insurance companies hide information from clients?
Finally, insurance companies want victims who sustain injuries in auto accidents to believe they have no legal recourse. If injuries are “invisible”, how can they prove it during Mediation or trial?
A severe injury such as CRPS is often, sadly invisible after initial injuries heal.
That’s where a Board Certified lawyer comes in. An accident lawyer should have experience protecting clients with any number of injuries. Whiplash is a common injury post auto accident, one Personal Injury lawyers should have years of experience recovering compensation for. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out. This is why lawyers must have a client’s best interest. Any firm that settles a catastrophic auto accident case for a meager settlement offer is a red flag for “paper pushers”.
Ultimately, with sufficient Burden of Proof, auto accident injuries go all the way to trial when necessary. It’s important that a Florida Personal Injury lawyer handling a case involving severe auto accident injuries frequently sees the cases to verdict. Lawyers who can prove the severity of lifelong chronic pain for a victim will be able to obtain sufficient compensation for the client.