Oklahoma City Auto Accident Injuries – Our Attorneys Will Keep You Informed
Your auto accident injury may have left you unable to work, care for your family, or get along independently. Victims of whiplash or other types of back injury may experience debilitating pain and an inability to perform the everyday tasks due to injury symptoms. The experienced legal professionals at the Dan Davis Law Firm are ready to do all they can to see that you are treated fairly with compensation that will enable you to get on with your life. Call 1-800-HURTLINE right away for responsive assistance in pursuing compensation for your auto accident injury.
In Oklahoma City, there were 457 incapacitating injuries stemming from car accidents in 2013, according to statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. Our attorneys are familiar with many of these serious car accident injuries, which include:
Serious injury can arise even in minor accidents, although they are more common in serious accidents. We have often seen cases where an internal injury does not become apparent to the victim for days or even weeks. This is why it is important to get appropriate medical diagnosis right away, even if you are not sure if you have been injured. A passenger injury may involve additional factors of liability, including the conduct of the driver in whose vehicle they were riding.
The following are examples of accidents that may involve serious injury:
- Highway accident (I-35 or I-40)
- Accident involving a semi truck or commercial vehicle
- Pedestrian accident
- Head-on accident
- Drunk driving or DUI accident
Back and neck strains can lead to symptoms similar to a whiplash injury caused by a rear-end accident. (Some commercial vehicle accidents may be considered a workplace injury.) The following are a few symptoms of back and neck strain injuries:
- Pain that spreads to the arm or neck
- Sensation of muscles tightening around chest
- Muscle weakness and/or numbness or tingling in fingers or hands
- Radiating pain down the legs
Back and neck strains can result from a fall from heights or some other single trauma event that causes the body to twist or bend to an unreasonable extent. In other cases a back or neck strain can result from a repetitive stress injury.
A back injury resulting from an auto accident or motorcycle accident involves trauma to the bones (vertebra) in the back, and/or damage to or pressure on the nerve roots near those bones. The fracturing of the bone in one or more vertebra distinguishes a back injury from whiplash, which does not involve bone damage.
The two main types of back injury are known in medical terms as spondylolisthesis and cervical radiculopathy.
Spondylolisthesis: Fracture or breakage in the vertebra can cause it to shift backward, forward, or onto a bone mass below. This type of auto accident back injury may cause symptoms such as:
- Lower back pain
- Muscle tightness and stiffness
- Pain in the buttocks
- Pain radiating down the legs
Cervical Radiculopathy: Damage or disturbance of the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae, causing compression or pinching of the nerve. This type of auto accident back injury is often referred to as a ruptured disc. Common symptoms include:
- Pain that spreads into the arm, neck, chest, and/or shoulders
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling in fingers or hands
A factor of whiplash injury that makes it different from types of back injury is the absence of any fractures or broken bones in the neck. As with any accident, a whiplash injury should be promptly and thoroughly evaluated by a qualified and experienced physician and/or other specialist. Ruling out bone fractures in the neck can help establish the patient’s symptoms as the result of a whiplash injury.
Typical whiplash symptoms include:
- Stiffness of the neck
- Pain radiating up into the head or down the back
- Pain or tingling sensation through the shoulders and into the arms
- Sensations of dizziness and/or nausea
- Inability to remain in certain positions for extended times (lying down, sitting, etc.) without experiencing significant pain at the site of injury
A whiplash injury is most often associated with a rear-end accident. The direct front-to-back force causes a specific distortion and extension of the neck and/or upper back. Rollover accidents in which force is exerted on the accident victim from multiple directions and through direct force on the body tend to result in a different type of injury.
Accidents in which the passenger compartment of a vehicle experiences severe impact, such as a head-on accident or semi-truck accident, may result in internal injury on passengers. Organ damage or internal bleeding are injuries that require surgery, which can incapacitate an accident victim and prevent them from returning to work for weeks or months.
Seat belts can save a life by preventing a traumatic brain injury or other head injury, but they can also lead to broken ribs, strained or torn muscles in the abdomen, and other internal injuries. Severe damage to internal organs may require the removal of that organ, a life-long condition the victim must cope with medically and financially. Recovery can involve expensive prescription medicines with powerful side effects.
Depending on how and where the vehicle is struck, passengers can be injured more by accidents than the driver. For instance, rear-end collisions can cause injuries to children and infants due to safety regulations which dictate children below a certain height and weight always sit in the rear seat. A passenger may have a claim of negligence against more than one of the parties involved, particularly in collisions that lead to commercial truck insurance claims.
Many passengers who share the vehicle with a loved one who sustains a serious injury or is killed in an accident may experience debilitating mental anguish and emotional distress. Turn to the Dan Davis Law Firm for aggressive legal representation.