What To Do If You Are Injured


Broken bones, neck and back injuries, cuts, headaches, tingling and numbness in fingers and feet, internal injuries and head injuries are just a few of the more common types of injuries that result from automobile accidents.  Other common occurrences are nervousness, depression, nausea, anxiety, worry and shock to the central nervous system.  Many of these have serious, long-lasting effects.  Then there are the types of injures that people don't normally suspect are the result of a collision, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by forcefully gripping the steering wheel during a collision - and a jaw injury called TMJ, which can occur in a rear end collision when the head is thrown back and the mouth is thrust open forcefully.

Kansas law requires you to carry car insurance of be subject to possible criminal prosecution.  And in Kansas, the automobile insurance rate is fairly high. Therefore, when an automobile accident occurs, you owe it to yourself to fully utilize all the protection your policy offers.

If you fail to seek prompt and proper medical treatment following an automobile accident, you are taking a huge gamble.  By doing so, you could lose both your health and all of the rights you have by law.

The longer you take to get treatment for your injuries, the more difficult it can be to ever fully recover or attain adequate relief.  In many cases, scar tissue begins to form shortly after an accident.  Scar tissue can become very difficult to eliminate if you delay too long.  The quicker you seek treatment, the more successful the treatment is likely to be. 


A person who receives a serious or life-threatening injury in an automobile accident seldom has trouble finding competent medical care.  Broken bones, internal injuries, burns, head injuries and lacerations are usually treated promptly and aggressively.  Medical expenses are seldom spared to fully diagnose and treat such injuries.

Often, the injuries that result from a collision are not outwardly visible.  Instead, they create long-term trauma, stress and pain.  Some of the most common injuries in this category are injuries to the head, neck and back.  Even at a relatively low speed, the impact of one vehicle hitting another can cause painful and debilitating injuries.

If is not uncommon for someone involved in a rear end collision to strain and injure the tissue of the neck and back surrounding the delicate spinal cord and suffer what is known as "whiplash."  You may have heard people joke about "whiplash" - but it isn't anything to joke about.  The condition is very real and has been known to cause years of suffering if it is improperly diagnosed, mistreated or ignored.  When an automobile is struck from behind, the head is suddenly and forcefully flung backward, beyond its normal range of extension.  Then, just as abruptly, it is recoiled forward - causing injury to soft tissues in the neck, mid and low back.  Ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, vertebrae and discs are often affected, too.

In most cases, the only evidence that an injury has occurred is the complaint of the victim, because soft tissue damage doesn't show up on x-rays. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stiffness, numbness, impaired vision, as well as pain in the neck, back, arms and legs. Sometimes these symptoms show up immediately, but sometimes they don't show up for days or even weeks!  Over the years, medical studies have shown that as many as 20% of whiplash victims develop major problems down the road, including scar tissue, calcium deposits and degenerative conditions of the back and neck.

There's little correlation between the severity of the damage to your vehicle and the severity of pain that results from a whiplash injury.  Even minor damage to a vehicle can result in torn and stretched ligaments in the neck and back, pinched nerves, prolapsed or herniated disc, injury to the esophagus or jaw, or even a concussion.

If you have any questions about this article or questions about your personal injury or work comp claim, give Attorney Roger Riedmiller a call in Wichita at 316-263-0001 or toll free at 1-888-263-0001.  All questions and consultations are free. Call now. You can also email roger@raresq.com.