Do You Have Chronic Pain After a Car Accident?

Published on November 19th, 2018

michigan car crash chronic painAdrenaline, tension, and stress can all cause aches and pains after a car accident. However, there is a big difference between minor, temporary soreness and long-lasting – even lifelong – chronic pain.

Whether your Michigan car accident was big or small, if you are facing ongoing medical treatment because of the crash, you will need help to afford your medical costs, lost wages, and more.

Car Accident Injuries That Can Cause Chronic Pain

Car accidents only take seconds to happen, but the results can be lifelong and traumatizing. Chronic pain, with or without appropriate treatment, can impact your lifestyle, happiness, relationships, and ability to work.

Many car accident injuries require ongoing physical or occupational therapy, surgery, pain management, and other medical interventions to treat the problem. Neck and back injuries that damage soft or connective tissue often occur when a collision causes sudden movement, and they can cause debilitating pain. In situations like this, a person often compensates for the damaged area of their body by making another part of their body work harder – this can contribute to long-lasting pain at the injury site and throughout your body.

Some of the most likely car crash injuries to cause chronic pain include:

  • Whiplash.
  • Spinal trauma.
  • Back sprain.
  • Dislocation.
  • Disc displacement.
  • Broken bones and fractures.

Not to be overlooked, concussions suffered in a car crash have serious potential for causing chronic pain. Traumatic brain injuries can be life-altering, especially if they are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

Proving That You’re Not Faking Your Chronic Pain Caused by a Car Accident

Far too often, accident victims waive their right to medical treatment at the scene of the accident because they feel fine. Always accept care and an examination immediately after your accident. Documentation of injuries is essential to your first-party or third-party insurance claims or a negligence lawsuit against the at-fault driver. You need proof of your injuries to win your case.

Even though you may be clearly suffering from chronic pain, getting the powers that be to believe it takes help from an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer. Insurance companies work for themselves, even if you have a policy with them. An insurance company may attempt to underplay the significance of a soft tissue injury, they may claim that you sought overtreatment for an injury, or they may say that you had a pre-existing condition and that your chronic pain is not at all the result of the car crash.

What any sufferer of chronic pains knows is that the pain is very real. The discomfort and aching they feel can have a serious impact on their ability to work – so much so that they must quit their job or change to a different job because they can no longer meet the demands of the profession, whether that means sitting behind a desk all day or doing manual labor.

Car accident injuries can prevent you from participating in things you enjoy, whether sports or other recreational activities, travel or playing with your children. Chronic pain can be life-altering, not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

Do you suffer with chronic pain caused by a car accident? Get compensation for your suffering and medical costs. Contact Thurswell Law for a free consultation with a Michigan car crash lawyer. We do not charge any fees unless you collect. Call (248) 354-2222 today to schedule your consultation.

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