Rear End Accident Lawyers
The Law Office of Arash Khorsandi can represent you if you have been a victim of a rear-end car accident.
Rear-end accidents are the most common type of collision for drivers in California, and they can also result in the most serious injuries. In a typical incident, driver “2″ hits driver “1′s” completely stopped car from behind, and since driver “1″ has no advance notice of getting hit, driver “1′s” injuries are usually severe and long-lasting.
This is why the attorneys at our firm specialize in rear-end collisions over any other type of accident. Our professionals focus on getting you the best results for your personal injury case. We represent drivers and passengers in any and all claims. Not all lawyers are the same, so don’t settle before speaking directly with someone at our firm. We take all of our cases on a contingency basis. WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS YOU GET PAID!
Rear-ending can result in severe injury, such as damage to the spinal cord, paralysis or head trauma. As a result, the victim may require special care, in addition to expensive medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and other injury-related care.
If you have been rear-ended and are suffering from the subsequent medical detriment, the aggressive automobile accident legal team at The Law Office Of Arash Khorsandi may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other road traffic accident related expenses.
More Information Regarding injuries sustained from Rear End Accidents
Rear-end collisions can do damage to far more than just your car; they can also do damage to your neck, damaging ranging from muscle spasm to disc herniation. If you have suffered a neck injury after a rear-end collision, knowing what is happening in your neck can help alleviate any uncertainty you might have about your injury. Whiplash is the most common injury associated with rear-end collisions. Most of you have probably heard of whiplash, but we would like to tell you a bit more about exactly what it means.
Whiplash is actually an umbrella term that describes the wide range of neck injuries that occur when there is a sudden and forceful distortion in your neck. The medical term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration, or more commonly called, CAD. The word cervical is an anatomical term that simply means “relating to the neck area”. Cervical acceleration-deceleration refers the mechanics of the injury to your neck: a sudden and rapid movement of the head forward and then backward. Believe or not, you can get whiplash from sneezing.
To better understand your injury, you need to know the basic anatomy of your neck. Your neck is anatomically structured to support, turn, and tilt your head. A healthy neck has a slight, natural curve to it; and, your head should rest in the center of your shoulders and be in alignment with your spine. The range of motion in your neck is relatively small when compared to other parts of your body. Your arms can move in all kinds of directions, and comparatively speaking, so can your legs – but not so with your neck – something which makes it more prone to strain and injury.
If you have been hit from behind, a number of different injuries can occur and they often take a few days to emerge. The most common symptoms of whiplash are the most obvious: pain and stiffness in your neck. The pain may be very localized – meaning you can put your finger right on the tender spot that feels like ground-zero; or, the pain may feel like it is coming from all over the neck. The pain associated with whiplash often comes from muscular tearing – tearing which can range from minor to severe. Another source of pain could be from vertebral misalignment. Vertebrae are small bones which make up the spinal column. Your neck muscles attach to these small bones. Muscular spasm is associated with tearing and vertebral misalignment. A muscle spasm is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle fibers, something which can cause really intense pain.
Stiffness is your body’s natural way of splinting the injury site, something which keeps you from moving your head and thus doing further damage. Splinting also allows your body the time to repair itself. Both muscular spasm and stiffness after injury is a natural part of the healing process; however, when muscular spasm and stiffness are prolonged, they can become debilitating. This is why you should seek medical attention immediately following an accident.
Spasms in the neck muscles are also associated with referred pain. Referred pain is pain which is radiated from the injured muscle to some other part of the body. For example, you may feel pain in your wrist, but that pain can actually be coming from the back of your shoulder. Referred pain from whiplash is often felt in the lower back, shoulder, head, and down the arm. If you are experiencing referred pain in the arm and shoulder, then you may also feel tingling or numbness in the arm and fingers. Major nerve branches run from your neck into your shoulder and down the arm. Typically, what is happening when you are feeling tingling and numbness in the arm is that the spasm is causing the muscle to clamp down on one of these nerves. This is called impingement and its most common symptom is a “pins and needles” feeling -something which you may have experienced in your arm if you have slept on it.
Headaches are also common after a whiplash injury. These headaches can originate from a variety of sources. One common source is again muscular spasm, which is referring pain from your neck to your head. Another source of headaches can come from injury to the spine, which is not always as frightening as it sounds. Injury can range from a simple misalignment of a single vertebrae to the more the complicated herniated disks. Damaged vertebral ligaments – the cartilage structures which attach the vertebrae forming the spinal column – can cause referred pain up and over the head. Another source of whiplash-associated headaches comes from the misalignment bones in your skull, which is actually formed of several “floating bones” that look a bit like little tectonic plates. When these are out of alignment, they too can cause intense headaches.
Temporal mandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ, is yet another symptom associated with whiplash. The temporal-mandibular joint opens and closes your mouth. Damage to it will cause stiffness in the jaw, difficulty when chewing, and involuntary clenching in your jaw – especially at night. Other symptoms of whiplash are neurological. These can include dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and even abnormal smell or taste.
Keep in mind that neck pain in general can stress you out which, only tends to compound the pain. You may not realize how much your neck is involved in everyday movement until you have injured it. Our quick reflexes often involve turning our heads quickly, something which again exacerbates the pain of neck injury. And finally, you can expect to feel an overall sense of fatigue after being struck from behind. After all your body has suffered a trauma and you need time to rest and heal.
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