These days, driving in California is more dangerous than ever. The number of accidents has grown steadily, and with it the number of back injuries attributed to those car accidents. When you or someone you know is the victim of a car accident some injuries are visible right away, but the majority of injuries from car accidents are internal and difficult to spot.
Even more challenging is the fact that sometimes you feel fine right after the accident, maybe even after the initial shock of the accident wears off, and only days later do you start to realize the true scope of the injuries you’ve received. Back injuries in particular have been shown to often take days (or longer) to develop after a car accident without having any outside signs of the real damage your body has sustained.
A headache could often indicate soft tissue injury to the back or neck, and what you may think is whiplash can very frequently be instead a pinched nerve or herniated disc. Even low speed crashes that don’t seem particularly bad can result in numbness or some tingling in your limbs or fingers/toes and these have been shown to be linked to spinal cord injuries and damage to your lumbar region (your lower back).
A lot of time, in instances like this, the other party’s insurance company will attempt to get you to sign a “release of liability” form. Don’t sign anything until you’ve spoken to an attorney! These forms give away your right to seek money for your medical bills, and if you sign them because you feel fine at the time, you may have some of these serious medical conditions show up later and you won’t be able to go after the person(s) responsible.
If you are in a car accident, even if you feel physically fine at the moment, it is extremely important that you get medical attention to determine if you have actually suffered back injuries (or other injuries) that are hidden deep inside your body and just haven’t shown up yet. Further, make sure to contact a skilled attorney to review your case before you sign or say anything to the other party or their insurance company or attorney.
For over 30 years Slatter Law Firm has been helping the victims who suffered injuries (especially hidden ones) to their back and elsewhere get the compensation they deserve. We know the steps to take, and will fight to get you or your loved ones the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, and think there’s a chance you may have been injured, please call us today for your free consultation at (310) 444-3010 or toll-free at (888) 293-0404.