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Teenager Was Texting and Caused a Rear End Collision…

Submitted By: C (Memphis,TN)

I was visiting my sister in Nashville this past Wednesday. I was driving and as I was slowing down (because the driver in front of me slowed for an intersection light), a teenage driver who was texting rear-ended me totaling my car and sending me to the ER.

CT scans and x-rays were performed and I was sent home a few hours later with prescriptions for 3 different injuries (neck, back and head). The hospital release papers said it was important I have a follow up doctor’s visit and that my pain would probably get worse before it got better.

Boy were they right! I don’t know what to do. I want my pain to go away and this whole nightmare to be over quickly, but what if a few months down the road I find out I have a disc issue, etc and the case is already closed with the insurance companies?

What should I do?

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Answer

Dear C,

Injuries always feel worse before they get better.

Upon impact your body freezes up.

After you lie down and your muscles relax, you then feel the real “impact” of the collision.

There are a few things to remember:

(1) It is extremely important that you see a health care professional and get the treatment that you need in order to properly heal.

(2) Secondly, do not settle your case until your doctor/therapist/chiropractor releases you (meaning that you are finished treating); and

(3) lastly, do not rush the healing process.

Rear end collisions (even those at a slow speed) are very damaging to the back and neck in particular, but this pain can also radiate down the legs and into the feet as well as cause head aches.

Your doctor may also wish to do an MRI or subsequent MRI to make sure that there has not been any disc degeneration.

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: June 13, 2010

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