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Posted on 07-11-2013
“I got rear ended in a car accident and my car didn’t have any damage, but my neck and back are killing me. Could this pain be from the car accident?”
I have heard this question more than once. The short answer is yes. Just because the car didn’t have any damage doesn’t mean that one can’t become seriously injured in a low speed rear impact crash (LOSRIC). In fact, the research shows that a person can become seriously injured in crashes with speeds as low as five to ten mph. The onset of pain can range anywhere from immediately to taking up to twelve months. There are a number of “risk factors” that can add to the severity of a LOSRIC. Among them are the gender and size of the person, which way the head was turned at impact, positioning of the headrest, size of the vehicles, if the person aware or unaware of the impending crash, if the seat belt was being worn, and position of hands. Just because the crash happened at a low speed doesn’t mean that one can’t be injured. In addition to the pain caused from being injured, one can sustain mild traumatic brain injuries as well.
--Dr. David W. Hargraves, D.C. has advanced training for treating these injuries and is a graduate of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego for whiplash and brain trauma. He is not only trained in identifying and treating these injuries, he has treated hundreds and hundreds of personal injury cases such as these. If Dr. Hargraves is not able to help you with your injuries, he will send you to someone who can. He works closely with the local medical physicians and medical specialists. No payment is expected until your claim is settled in auto accident and worker’s comp cases. If you’ve been injured, call us today at 252-441-1585.
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