Atlanta Car Accidents Can Cause Chronic Pain That Is Difficult to Prove


March 25, 2014

There are many types of accidents that can cause physical trauma to the body resulting in pain and disability, such as slip and fall accidents and construction accidents, but one of the most common type of accidents that are most likely to result in chronic long-term physical pain is a car accident. A collision in a motor vehicle inflicts enormous force on the human body, often resulting in the body being jerked violently. The body may continue forward even after the vehicle has stopped, causing the body to be jerked forward and then backward. Additionally, a driver in an Atlanta or Georgia car accident may suffer other injuries resulting in chronic pain if a part of the driver's body collides with the hard interior of the vehicle.

Chronic pain after an auto accident may impact one's quality of life in fundamental ways. Anyone trying to cope with chronic pain also may experience a broad spectrum of emotions, including anxiety, depression, fear and anger. Persistent pain that continues following a serious car accident has a negative impact on a car crash victim's overall quality of life. Our experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates recognize that chronic pain caused by a car accident can impair your quality of life, and for over three decades we have helped clients obtain compensation for chronic pain and other damages.

Whiplash is an injury that often causes chronic pain that persists after an Atlanta or Georgia car accident. Recovering compensation for chronic pain caused by whiplash can be particularly challenging. Whiplash is extremely painful and often results in prolonged disability from employment but can be challenging to prove to an insurance carrier or in litigation because insurance carriers often argue that the injury is exaggerated or faked. Pain from a whiplash injury after an accident may be felt in the back, neck, shoulders, base of the skull or head. This type of injury is caused by the body being jerked suddenly forward and then backward in a collision and can be very serious.

A full thirty-percent of those who suffer this debilitating type of injury continue to experience pain more than a year after an accident. Victims of accidents throughout Georgia and in Atlanta may find that pain after the accident is also accompanied by other symptoms including fuzzy eyesight, sleep disruptions, problems concentrating, lack of energy (fatigue), impaired memory and lightheadedness.

While this type of injury occurs most frequently when a driver's vehicle is hit from behind causing the vehicle occupant's head to be "whipped" forward violently and then abruptly jerked back, it can also occur during an abrupt stop, such as when a car collides with a stationary object. These injuries can pose special challenges because they often do not manifest themselves immediately after a car accident.

Soft tissue injuries like injuries to ligaments or muscle strains may make you sore for several months. Once these heal, persistent pain frequently is caused by the discs or facet joints. The problem is that radiographic analysis is not particularly effective at revealing damage of this kind that is associated with chronic pain. Sometimes joints that do not appear to be particularly impacted inflict severe pain, while other joints that look badly impacted are not painful. The key point is that many types of pain after an accident can be difficult to diagnose with objective scans. While Georgia personal injury law permits an auto accident victim to recover compensation for being forced to endure the pain and for the impact of the pain on his or her quality of life, the challenge is being able to develop evidence and persuade a judge or jury of the severity of the injury or pain. At Montlick & Associates', our experienced personal injury attorneys regularly addresses this challenge for our clients.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Experience to Work For You

Our Atlanta auto accident lawyers understand the unique obstacles to successfully settling and litigating personal injury cases involving chronic pain that is difficult to substantiate by objective diagnostic procedures. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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