Serious, even permanent damages can result from sustaining soft-tissue injuries. Some examples of these serious injuries include: cerebral concussion, fracture of part of the bony structure or cartilage in the cervical area, protrusions or herniations of intervertebral discs, or aggravation of preexisting degenerative condition in the vertebral structures.
There is a vast collection of medical research and studies that recognize the disabling effect soft-tissue injuries can have on the human body, even when a rear-end impact is minimal and the vehicle damage is slight.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a medical study of women who had suffered disabling neck injuries from auto accidents in metropolitan areas. Of the women involved in the study, 75% experienced ongoing symptoms for more than six months, regardless of whether they were pursuing a personal injury lawsuit or not.
It is important to know that, because of the complexity of the neck’s structure, it is more subject to injury than any other portion of the vertebral column. In lieu of such complexity, it is important that you retain counsel who is knowledgeable, and/or has medical resources at his/her fingertips, regarding the anatomy of the neck and how acceleration forces will impact the delicate balance of the interconnecting structures.
At Parker & Lazzara, we work closely with healthcare providers to ensure that we are fully informed of our clients’ conditions and to secure whatever medical records and literature will assist in our representation of our clients.