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A Sore Neck or Back after a Car Wreck?

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presented by: Frank S. Buck P.C., Personal Injury

Many people believe that in order to have a case when they are involved in a car wreck that there must be significant injuries such as broken bones, surgery or scarring from glass or airbags. However, 95% of all car wreck cases involve soft tissue injuries, meaning sprains, strains and contusions (bruising) to the knees, neck, back or any other part of the body. Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the tissues of your body that surround and protect the bones such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The most common type of soft tissue injury from a car wreck is whiplash, a sprain or strain to the neck which is caused by the neck being whipped back and forth violently from the force of a trauma such as a motor vehicle crash. Medically speaking, a sprain is the overstretching and tearing of ligaments, which are the tissue that connect bone to bone and function to stabilize and support joints. A strain is damage, overstretching or tearing of a muscle or a tendon which is the fibrous cord that attach muscles to the bone, due to overextension of a joint. Soft tissue injuries can be very painful, often causing swelling, inflammation and stiffness. They are usually treated with medications such as muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories, ice or heat, rest and physical therapy.

In Alabama, the law allows money compensation called compensatory damages for personal injuries, pain, suffering and mental anguish that you can prove were caused by someone else. If you can prove another person caused a wreck and injured you, causing you to seek medical attention and incur medical bills, then you have a case which we can handle for you. If you have been injured in a car wreck, it is important that you immediately seek medical attention in order to prove that those injuries were caused by the wreck. The longer you wait following a wreck to seek medical treatment, the more likely that the doctor will not relate those injuries back to the motor vehicle crash, which is critical to proving your personal injury case. Soft tissue cases can be more difficult to prove than broken bones because they are not as easy to diagnose and see like broken bones are on an X-rays or MRI. Additionally, there is no set formula or legal ruler or yardstick to evaluate your injuries and put a value on your case. Therefore, it is critical to contact a lawyer to represent you to get the best result for you and make sure you are treated fairly.

Frank S. Buck, P.C., Attorneys at Law have been offering professional legal services and serving Alabama citizens for over 43 years.  We have experienced trial attorneys who have over 100 years of combined trial experience. You can reach us 24 hours a day at (205) 933-7533. Please call us for a free consultation.

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