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Delayed Neck Injuries After Rear End Accident…

Submitted By: Rose (Wichita, KA)

I was rear ended by a one ton pick-up fully loaded with work equipment in 2002. I went to the hospital a few hours later because I was unable to turn my neck left or right. One week later my left arm was numb and two weeks later I was at a neurologist having tests done. Three months later I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

In July 2011 I had shoulder surgery to remove extremely large bone spur from that same left shoulder. Now in October 2012 my C5, C6, and C7 are compressed and I have to go into Physical Therapy for neck traction. If it is not better in 3 weeks I need to have neck surgery. Is it hospital, doctor error or what? Thanks for any information you can give me.

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Dear Rose,

From the facts you present you seem to be suggesting when you had shoulder surgery in 2001 to remove the extremely large bone spur the doctors, and by default, the hospital, caused the compression to your spine. To support your contention will require a second and possibly a third medical opinion.

The only way you will know if the doctors were negligent and that negligence was responsible for the compression of the C5, C6 and C7 area of your spine is via additional supportive medical opinions. Because most doctors don’t want to be involved in claims or lawsuits against other doctors, you may have a difficult time finding doctors who will support your claim of malpractice.

Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits should always be handled by personal injury attorneys with substantial experience in med mal cases.

Most personal injury attorneys won’t charge you for an initial office consultation. Your best bet would be to consult with several. That way you’ll know if there is a probability of a medical malpractice claim.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 5, 2012

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