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Neck and back injuries

Neck and back pain is a common symptom experienced by the victims of car accidents, and other traumatic events. Often referred to as “whiplash”, or “soft-tissue” injuries, they can occur in the most minor of accidents, but result in pain and disability that can significantly harm an accident victim’s quality of life.

Key details:

  • Symptoms can be the result of nerve irritation, strained muscles, injured bones, ligaments or joints, and herniated or bulged disks.
  • Pain and stiffness can be felt right away, but often not for a day or two following an accident.
  • Symptoms range in severity and included: pain in the neck, shoulders and back, decreased range of motion and stiffness, tingling and numbness in the arms and hands, and shooting pain down the legs.

Bone and joint injuries

Car accidents, slips and falls, and other incidents can often result in bone and joint injuries, such as fractures, dislocations, bursitis, and labral tears. These injuries can be extremely debilitating and often require surgery.

Key details:

  • Extensive rehabilitation is often required to return someone to their pre-accident condition.
  • The trauma caused by these injuries can have lifelong effects, including early onset of osteoarthritis and increased susceptibility to future injury.
  • Given the severity of these types of injuries, a great deal of importance should be place on ensuring that the injured person receives the medical attention and rehabilitation that is required, and for car accident victims, the ICBC medical and rehabilitation benefits that they are entitled to.

Brain injuries and concussions

A Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury that can range in severity and have devastating effects on an accident victim’s life. Often difficult to diagnose, their full extent can take years to realize.

Key details:

  • Brain injuries can be labeled as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the length of any unconsciousness and the severity symptoms.
  • Even a mild TBI, commonly referred to as a concussion, can result in ongoing symptoms such as headaches, difficulty thinking, nausea, memory loss, attention deficits, and other cognitive problems.
  • While the majority of brain injuries usually resolve within 6 months, more severe brain injuries can result in permanent cognitive deficiencies that drastically diminish an accident victim’s quality of life, in many cases limiting their educational and employment prospects.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most severe injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident or other traumatic event, as they often result in permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury. This sudden and unexpected disability and impairment of function can lead to lifelong medical needs, and can place a tremendous financial burden on an accident victim and their family.

Key details:

  • Given the severity of this type of injury, the importance of access to quality medical attention and rehabilitation services cannot be understated.
  • A great deal of physical rehabilitation is often required to maximize a person post-accident mobility.
  • Later, ongoing medical care, home modifications and other long-term assistance is required to assist in the transition to a new way of life.
  • Given the severe life-altering consequences associated with this type of injury, we recognize the importance of working closely with the insurance company to ensure that you are getting the best medical and rehabilitation service possible, including ICBC “no fault” accident benefits.

Psychological injuries

Psychological injuries suffered in a car accident or other traumatic event can have a devastating effect on an accident victim’s quality of life. It’s not uncommon for accident victims to experience symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, driving phobias, and more. These symptoms can cause accident victims to withdraw from their families, avoid social situations, and miss work. Presence of any of these symptoms can eventually lead to diagnoses of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), clinical depression and chronic pain syndrome.

Psychological injury claims can be complex and difficult to navigate as psychological injuries will often be swept under the rug by insurance adjusters who focus on more objectively identifiable physical injuries. Then when pressed, insurance companies will look very carefully at an accident victims pre-accident medical records for any evidence they can find that might possibly suggest a pre-existing psychological issue, in an attempt to reduce or deny the claim. That is why it is very important following an accident to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer before speaking with ICBC or any other insurance company.

How We Can Help

Injuries are difficult enough to recover from without having to deal with the stress and anxiety of pursuing an injury claim. At Poyner and Company, we have years of experience representing accident victims who have suffered a wide range of injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident we’ll ensure that you are fully compensated for your losses, including compensation for pain and suffering, out-of-pocket medical expenses, future medical and rehabilitation costs, and any past or future lost income.

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