Victims of Chronic Neck Pain Not Pursuing Claims
New studies show that motor vehicle collision victims with musculoskeletal injuries may not be pursuing accident claims as frequently as they should. Musculoskeletal injuries affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. The injuries can be debilitating, with some victims complaining their entire bodies ache due to their injuries.
Individuals with musculoskeletal injuries will often find working difficult and will need ongoing medical treatment to manage the pain of their injuries. Taking action after a collision is essential to obtain compensation for treatment costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. Contact The Law Offices of Richard Flexner to speak with a car accident attorney in Wilmington, N.C., for help making a damage claim.
Study Shows Chronic Neck Pain Sufferers Not Pursuing Accident Claims
Each year, almost four million victims of motor vehicle collisions will seek medical assistance in emergency rooms in the United States. More than 90 percent are evaluated and then discharged. Some of the patients who are discharged may have suffered damage to the soft tissues in their bodies. Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, don't generally appear on medical tests. The injuries are hard to diagnose and the onset of symptoms for some musculoskeletal injuries may not occur for hours or even days after the collision.
University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers recently undertook the first large-scale study to better understand individuals suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. Research subjects included a total of 948 individuals who were monitored after getting medical attention for a motor vehicle crash. When researchers followed up six weeks after the collision, more than 70 percent said that they were experiencing musculoskeletal pain in one or more regions of their body. An estimated 1/3 of all patients had pain in at least four bodily regions.
Yet just 17 percent of all the crash victims in the study had contacted a lawyer during the course of the six-week observation period. Most individuals were not planning litigation, but some likely should have been. Of those who did not intend to hire a lawyer or pursue a claim, 28 percent of victims had moderate or severe neck pain. Four percent said they had symptoms similar to fibromyalgia, and 13 percent said that their musculoskeletal pain was widespread in at least seven body regions.
Neck pain can be indicative of whiplash, which occurs when the neck is thrown back and forth by force. Around 10 percent of patients who suffer from whiplash will experience chronic or persistent neck pain, according to the North American Spine Society. Symptoms go beyond discomfort in the neck, which can be extreme. Whiplash sufferers may also experience a stiff neck and stiff shoulders; jaw pain; fatigue; tinnitus (a persistent ringing in the ears); and limited mobility. Work may be impossible or very difficult for those with severe whiplash or other musculoskeletal injury. The seriousness of this and other musculoskeletal injuries underscore how important it is to get legal help and get compensation from whomever was to blame for your collision.
A car accident attorney in Wilmington, NC can help victims to take legal action. Call The Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER or visit www.getflexner.com to schedule a free consultation.