Am I Entitled to a Personal Injury Claim for a Lumbar Strain?
I was rear-ended and went to the hospital the same day. The doctor reported a cervical strain after complaints of my neck and upper back.
An X-ray was done on both but i guess no injuries were found in my upper back or the strain found in the neck. Over a period 0f 2 days I've had severe lower back pain. I went for a doctors visit and the x-ray reports muscle tenderness and spasm, the doctor reported it as a lumbar strain.
Am i entitled to compensation? What steps do i take to do it on my own?
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ANSWER for "Am I Entitled to a Personal Injury Claim for a Lumbar Strain?":
Well the measure of damages is your medical expenses, typically. So, if you have not obtained ANY medical treatment, it is unlikely that you would be compensated. However, it does sound like you were injured, therefore you need to go to the doctor and take care of yourself.
Sometimes a chiropractor, complimented by physical therapy for example, will heal soft tissue injuries like yours. A soft tissue injury is one which impacts your muscles and nerves (as you have described, i.e. muscle spasms and pain), but no broken bones or need for surgical intervention.
You need to see you doctor and follow a medical treatment plan closely. When your doctor releases you from his or her care, you will then be in a better position to settle the case.
Of course, you do want to advise the other party's insurance carrier that your are currently treating with a doctor.
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