Neck injuries, cervical spine injuries and whiplash. Accident attorneys that are experienced in handling car accidents and motorcycle accidents often see clients with the resulting symptoms from a cervical spine injury. Neck injuries are commonly called whiplash. This is where there is a change in the lordotic curve of the cervical spine that shows up on an x-ray. Once the lordotic curve changes there may be associated spasms and other problems such as radiculopathy, numbness, tingling pain and shooting or burning pain down one arm or both. Neck injuries often occur from rear end collisions and collisions where drivers negligently turn left in front of the innocent personal injury victim. It is important that you be immediately seen by a hospital such as Via Christi St. Francis or Wesley Medical Center when you are in Wichita Kansas. If you are in Western Kansas then you need to be seen immediately at the local hospital in the largest town near you. Garden City has St. Catherine’s Medical Center. Liberal has Southwest Medical Center. Dodge City has Western Plains Regional Medical Center. Hays has Hays Medical Center. Salina has Salina Regional Medical Center. Regardless of which hospital you go to, it is necessary that you have continuing treatment following the initial emergency room treatment to determine what the long-term effects of the accident are.
What are the symptoms of a neck injury? Symptoms of a neck injury can range from spasms in the neck to blurry vision, ringing in the ears, head pain across the top of the head, occipital pain in the back of the head and symptoms of radiculitis. If you have radiculopathy and have the nerve related pain going down your arm or into your hands, your injury may be very serious and you need to be seen by a specialist in orthopedics or neurology.
How can a neck injury be treated? Neck injuries are usually treated by being first seen in a qualified emergency room setting. Doctors performing appropriate treatment should order x-rays, CT scans and/or MRIs. Other test may include nerve conduction studies to try and identify nerve damage. A myelogram can be used in certain cases to determine whether you have internal disc injuries. MRI examination appears to be the present standard of care for determining whether or not a patient has a bulging disc, herniated disc, ruptured disc, protruding disc or other severe injury. Doctors will prescribe physical therapy, epidurals and other pain management treatment. Surgical options are a last resort. When you have a neck injury it is very important that you have a caring and compassionate doctor who will take the time to determine what tests are necessary to find how bad your neck injury really is.
Most experienced accident attorneys will recommend that you be seen at a qualified tertiary hospital that has appropriate first level treatment options available. When you go to a minor emergency center or urgent care facility the chances of you being properly diagnosed are less likely. Many of the urgent care facilities are looking for a rapid method of treating minor injuries. It is important to make sure you have quality medical care at the very first stage following an accident.
How do you find an experienced accident attorney that knows how to handle car wreck or motorcycle injury clients with a cervical neck injury? You need to find a compassionate experienced lawyer that understands medicine as well as a lawyer who understands law. Some lawyers do not concentrate their practice in medical injury. When you consult with a lawyer ask to see the lawyer’s medical library. Take a look at the books and see if they have ever been opened and marked. If the lawyer actually uses the books in legal practice it will be easy to tell so.
Make sure you tell your lawyer each and every symptom that you have as a result of your car, motorcycle or truck accident. If you have photographs of your injuries showing bruising to the head, neck, face, or have scars to the head and face or stitches to the head point them out to the doctor. Photograph your injuries so the doctor can see how bad it really is. Those photographs become essential evidence proving that you have had an injury which involves the cervical spine.
Many cases involving whiplash type injuries are actually much more severe injuries that have gone undiagnosed due to present insurance company protocols which try and minimize treatment. I recently had a client that had a severe cervical spine injury. This particular client had a Medicaid card and did not know that they could use their personal injury protection benefits in their car insurance to get treatment. When they went to the hospital, the hospital billing personnel looked at the Medicaid card. Since the hospital was unable to find other legitimate health insurance or medical benefits under the personal injury protection benefits of a car, the patient was simply given pain pills and no x-rays or other radiological diagnosis with the use of CT scans or MRIs. The patient was discharged without any real treatment just because they did not have a good insurance card. This particular client had an extremely bad cervical injury with a ruptured disc that was later diagnosed once the person got to a qualified medical doctor that cared enough about the patient to try and order the appropriate tests. This example makes it very clear that your lawyer must be experienced in recognizing all symptoms in all parts of your body just as a doctor is trained to do so. This is so that you can get adequate medical care that will help you get over your severe cervical spine injury.
Car insurance companies hate personal injury victims with whiplash symptoms in the cervical spine or in the lower back which is called the lumbar spine and fight these cases the hardest. This is because they had a study performed by tenant 12 of the top insurance companies back in the nineties which was called Auto Injuries: Claiming Behavior and Its Impact on Insurance Costs. The study was published in 1994 by the Insurance Research Council. This particular study was a group effort by many insurance companies in the United States insurance industry to identify ways to prevent insurance companies from having to pay for car accident personal injury victims’ damages. The simple conclusion of the study was that insurance companies needed to find a way to keep auto accident victims, personal injury victims and motorcycle or truck accident victims from getting medical treatment to prove their injuries. Many insurance companies like Allstate developed quick contact rules and procedures where they have their insurance adjusters try to reach a neck injury car accident victim in the first 24 hours following the accident to prevent them from getting medical care or an experienced accident attorney. If they can keep the person from getting necessary medical treatment and away from an experienced personal injury attorney then the case gets settled rapidly for a very low amount of money and the person never gets adequate medical care. When this occurs, the cost of the settlement to the insurance company is minimized and the insurance carriers can make billions of dollars in profit instead of properly paying the money out to the personal injury victims. This is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney that understands cervical spine injuries and the need for prompt rapid quality medical care for those injuries. Brad Pistotnik Law has those experienced attorneys that understand how to help you and your family get care for your cervical spine injury.
When can Brad Pistotnik Law help you with your cervical spine, whiplash or neck injury? Brad Pistotnik Law can help you quickly after an accident so that you get appropriate medical treatment immediately. Any delay in treatment can cause further cervical spine problems and ultimately will harm your case. You can get to Brad quickly by calling 800-241-BRAD. You can also reach Brad Pistotnik on his cell phone at 316-706-5020 at any time. You should call Brad as soon after an accident as you can to talk about what your symptoms are so that appropriate medical care can be given to you. Please remember that in Kansas, the personal injury protection and no-fault system, makes your car insurance the primary medical insurance at the start of the case. Once you run out of personal injury protection benefits then you must use your secondary insurance. We can help you find an appropriate doctor with experience in neuropsychology and head injuries to help treat you.
Where can you find Brad Pistotnik Law? You can find Brad Pistotnik Law at our office location at 10111 E. 21st St. N., Suite 204, Wichita, KS 67206 or we can come straight to your home or hospital. Our phone number is 316-684-4400. Our toll free number is 800-241-BRAD. Brad’s cell phone number is 316-706-5020. Brad Pistotnik will help auto, truck and motorcycle personal injury victims in Wichita, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and elsewhere. Our team of attorneys and paralegals can help your family with getting immediate necessary medical care. We can help with submitting claims to your insurance company. We are conveniently located in the new and growing northeast section of Wichita, Kansas which is easily accessible through Highway 96 to Webb road and then east on 21st Street. We are approximately 3 blocks east of Webb road on E. 21st Street, North. We are no longer on East Central and have not been there since June of 2014. The original Brad Pistotnik Law with more than 34 years of experience can only be found on East 21st Street. Let Brad’s experience of over 34 years assisting personal injury victims help you and your family.
Why should you hire Brad Pistotnik Law? There are many reasons why you should hire Brad Pistotnik Law. The top 10 reasons are listed on our website at www.BradPistotniklaw.com Your First Consultation Is Always Free? We work on car accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, semi-accidents, big rig accidents, commercial motor vehicle accidents and motorcycle accidents. We take cases all over the State of Kansas as well as in Oklahoma and Nebraska. It doesn’t matter whether you live in Wichita, Kansas; Atlanta, Kansas; Attica, Kansas, Barnard, Kansas or Oklahoma, Nebraska and elsewhere. We can help get you treatment for your cervical spine injury. We will work to help you find doctors wherever you live that care about their patients, just like we care about our clients. You can reach Brad Pistotnik 24 hours a day by calling him at 316-684-4400 or on his cell phone at 316-706-5020. Call Brad on weekends, holidays and at night. You don’t have to suffer from your whiplash when you can get medical treatment to help get rid of the pain and symptoms.
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