HAVE YOU SUFFERED A NECK AND SPINAL INJURY IN KY? HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Neck and spinal cord injuries can be incredibly painful; worse these injuries can severely impact the quality of your life. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can all too often lead to a neck or spinal injury. Here is what you need to know if you have suffered a neck or spinal injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A NECK OR SPINAL INJURY?
Neck pain and injury can result from the traumatic and forceful, “rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip” and is usually the result of a rear-end auto accident.
Spinal injuries, which result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or disks of the spinal cord or column are also often the result of a motor vehicle accident. In fact, the Mayo Clinic estimates that at least 35 percent of spinal injuries are caused by car accidents every year.
LONG TERM IMPACT OF A NECK OR SPINAL INJURY:
Injuries to the neck or spinal cord will often impact your life long after the accident has occurred. Both types of injuries can negatively effect your central nervous system and nerve fibers, leading to severe pain and loss of motor function. And these effects may not occur until days or weeks after the accident that caused the injury.
CAR ACCIDENTS & MEDICAL CARE FOR NECK AND SPINAL INJURIES:
Even if an accident was your fault, by statute Kentucky has what is called “no fault” insurance requirements. Essentially, this means an insurance company is generally required to pay $10,000 in medical bills no matter who is to blame for the accident. This is called Personal Injury Protection, (for more information click here.) If your auto insurance company is refusing to pay your bills, you should seek counsel immediately. If you, or someone you care about, has been injured in a car accident and suffered a neck or spinal injury, contact legal counsel as soon as possible. In Kentucky, there is a two year statute of limitations from the time of the car accident in which a complaint can be filed. Do not hesitate to email any questions or request a free consultation at 502-771-0588.