By: Steen J. Brown, an Orlando/Kissimmee personal injury & accident lawyer. Call us at 407-344-3400. Free consultations for Florida car and truck accident victims. Saturday appointments available.
Those who walk away from a car accident without injury are certainly fortunate because even simple, rear end accidents can result in serious injuries. The neck and low back are two of the most common areas of injury in a rear end car accident. Generally speaking, cervical and lumbar injuries may require chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, injection therapy and even surgery.
In addition to neck and low back injuries, rear end accidents can cause other injuries, such as:
- brain/head injuries,
- arm/shoulder pain,
- knee pain, and
- severe bruising.
Depending on the extent of the injuries, medical bills may pile up and the individual may be required to miss work. A few days of lost work here and there can put a family in financial straits. Read more about recovering financial losses after a car accident in Florida.
Neck Injuries in a Read End Accident
In a rear end accident, the body while in a seated position will move forward with sufficient force and back again. Assuming the individual was wearing a seat belt, the individual will come into contact with the seat belt, while being pushed forward. The neck, which carries the weight of the head (on average, 8 pounds), will snap forward and back again, against the head rest. This is commonly called whiplash.
In more severe rear end accidents, such as when an individual is struck from behind by another car or truck traveling at a high rate of speed, the body moves forward more violently. In other words, the more forceful the impact, the more forceful the body is pushed forward and back. In some situations, especially when the impact is severe, whiplash can even result in head injuries.
Because of the natural curve and bend of the neck, C4-5 and C5-6 tend to be common locations of injury. Common types of neck injuries which result from rear end car accidents include:
- disc herniations,
- disc protrusions, and
- disc bulges.
In severe cases, discs may compress on nerves and nerve roots, causing extreme pain symptoms. In addition, annular tears can also occur.
Related article: Serious Read End Accidents & Injuries
Help after a Car or Truck Accident in Florida – Orlando/Kissimmee Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer
Those who are injured in rear end car accidents in Florida may need help dealing with insurance companies after the accident. If you or a loved one would like assistance in handling a PIP or car accident claim, please call Attorney Steen J. Brown.
Attorney Steen J. Brown is a personal injury lawyer who takes great pride in representing those injured in car and truck accidents in Florida. Attorney Brown and his team are based in Orlando, Kissimmee, Florida. They are here to help. Call 407.344.3400 for a free consultation.
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