Neck And Back Injuries From Car Accidents
New York City has a tremendous amount of drivers on the road at any given time. The sheer volume of cars and trucks on the road with the pressures of New York City life make car accidents a reality of life for many New Yorkers.
Neck and back injuries are among the most common injuries sustained in a car or truck accident. People who have neck and back injuries require a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases.
Most people go to the emergency room and have x-rays and are told nothing is broken. Among the most common complaints our New York car accident lawyers hear is that they told me nothing was broken at the emergency room, but I am still in tremendous pain and I don’t know why. It is terrifying and confusing when a doctor tells you nothing is broken, but you know something is wrong. The explanation is simple. Most hospitals only do x-rays in trauma cases resulting from a car accident. However x-rays only show the bones, but not the other components of the spine, which are parts of the neck or back which are most commonly injured in a truck or car accident.
In general the neck and back are made up of bones called vertebra and discs, which run between the vertebra. The discs are an outer shell, with a jelly like substance inside. From the spinal cord, nerves branch out in the area of the discs and vertebra. If you have an injury to these discs, chances are that the x-ray will not pick it up because these discs can only been seen by doing an M.R.I. and sometimes a CT scan. Often due to the biomechanics involved in a motor vehicle accident, the discs become injured and either become bulging which is a weakening of the shell of the disc or ruptured or herniated which generally means that the disc is torn and material can extrude.
Many times there are injuries to the nerves in the area such as where the disc material pinches the nerve or the trauma injures the nerve directly. In these cases our New York City car accident lawyers often hear complaints that the injured person has pain shooting from their neck into their arms with tingling in their fingers or pain shooting from their back into their leg. Many nerves cannot be directly seen on an M.R.I., let alone an X- ray, so doctors often conduct electrodiagnostic testing to confirm these injuries including an E.M.G., N.C.V., or an S.S.E.P.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical treatment from an appropriate specialist. Our New York and Westchester County car accident attorneys have handled thousands of car accident cases involving neck and back personal injuries and regularly appear in the Courts of New York City including the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. We also regularly appear in the Westchester and Rockland Courts. We have offices in Manhattan and Westchester (White Plains).