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Chronic Pain From a Car Accident Injury

Posted by Inna Gorin | Jan 16, 2018

Car accidents are one of the main reasons causing chronic pain. Abrasions and cuts will eventually heal, but some injuries will result in significant chronic pain that will impact a victim's life for a long time.

There have been estimates that around 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, generally defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can vary from mild to severe, occasionally to continuous, or from somewhat inconvenient to incapacitation.

Chronic Pain After a Car Accident"

There are a wide variety of chronic pain symptoms. These include shooting aching pain that is often combined with a feeling of tightness, soreness, stiffness, or just a general discomfort over the entire body.

Most of these injuries are connected to chronic pain resulting from an injury or trauma to the nervous system.

Chronic pain is typically related to other daily life problems, such as mood changes, depression, anger, and anxiety. Every year, more than 2 million people are injured in motor vehicle collisions.

While the car accident itself is over quickly, the physical pain caused by accident can linger for many years. It has been estimated that over 75% of individuals who sought treatment in an emergency room after a car accident still have pain four weeks later.

The most common lingering pain after an auto collision in Los Angeles County includes the neck and back area, along with sore muscles. However, despite a victim's lingering pain, only a tiny percentage of people contact a car accident lawyer.

Serious car accidents will often cause permanent and excruciating injuries that will require routine medical treatments and long-term care.  The injuries and chronic pain sustained after a severe auto collision can last for many years or even a lifetime.

Suppose you or a family member has sustained serious and painful injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles County. In that case, you will need experienced legal counsel on your side representing you in every step of the process.

At Injury Justice Law Firm LLP, we have a track record of success representing victims of negligence or wrongful conduct causing an auto collision.

Our car accident injury attorneys will closely evaluate the facts and circumstances of your car accident case, aggressively negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and assist you in obtaining monetary compensation for your pain and injuries.

Types and Causes of Car Accidents

In Los Angeles County, drivers often cause serious auto accidents through negligence, wrongful conduct, recklessness, or distracted driving. Often, rear-end car accidents happen at intersections when drivers are simply not paying attention to the traffic in front of them.

There are other common car accidents in LA County, including side-impact and head-on collisions.

Regardless of the type of auto collision, many can result in severe injuries, and in some cases, permanent injuries. The most common causes of car accidents in Los Angeles County include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Abrupt lane changes
  • Texting or using a cell phone
  • Running a red light
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Not adjusting driving to weather conditions

For an injured car accident victim to prove another driver's negligence was the cause of the auto accident, they have to be able to show the at-fault driver violated a duty of reasonable care.

This means they were not driving reasonably under the circumstances, and their violation was the cause of the car accident. Additionally, the victim has to show the car accident caused their injury, pain, and other damages.

Soft Tissue Injuries in a Car Accident

Soft tissue injuries are typically sprained or strained to the neck or back that require surgery. However, these injuries will often cause chronic severe pain that could require long-term physical therapy and pain management.

In many cases, an insurance company of the at-fault driver will downplay the significance of a soft tissue injury. It will attempt to deny it's a severe injury with a lingering impact. Our lawyers have seen cases where an insurance adjuster will accuse a victim of receiving unnecessary treatment.

At our law firm, a Los Angeles car accident attorney will aggressively negotiate with the insurance company and hire medical experts to challenge the insurance company's allegation and help our clients obtain the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Catastrophic Injuries in a Car Accident

Severe catastrophic injuries are frequently caused by head-on collisions and high-speed side-impacts at an intersection. There are many types of common devastating injuries sustained in an auto accident. These include:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Permanent scarring

Typically, catastrophic injuries will result in an extended stay in a hospital, lengthy physical therapy, medical treatment, surgeries, and long-term rehabilitative care. Under California law, victims can seek compensation for their injuries and other damages.

Pursuing a Lawsuit for Chronic Pain

To recover from chronic pain, you will generally require that you pursue compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured as a Los Angeles car accident victim.

One of the main issues with chronic pain is that although it is the main reason for lost time at work, many doctors can't connect the pain to the causes or prove they exist.

Getting a medical professional to classify your chronic pain as a long-term permanent injury is the first step in obtaining compensation.

Getting chronic pain compensation is different from other personal injury claims because there is no documented cost from medical expenses, lost wages from work, and additional out-of-pocket costs.

However, there will undoubtedly be future damages, including the emotional distress the car accident caused. The main factor in a successful lawsuit for chronic pain is to retain a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who has the skills to identify the chronic pain and link it to the car accident.

Car accidents can cause long-term injuries and chronic pain, and suffering. The Los Angeles car accident injury attorneys at Injury Justice Law Firm LLP have the experience to successfully advocate on your behalf to obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another party, contact our lawyers to evaluate the details of your accident. Call our injury law firm at 310-734-7974.

About the Author

Inna Gorin

Inna Gorin, the founding Partner of Injury Justice Law Firm modeled the Firm after her ideals and principles of what skilled, aggressive and tenacious representation of individual clients should embody. Ms. Gorin's mission is to level the playing field, and provide her clients with the same level...


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