After an accident, you are most likely going to experience mild to severe back pain – all dependent on the severity of the incident itself. While it may seem cliché to complain that your back or neck hurts, there is a reason why it is a common car accident injury. Even accidents at slow speeds can be traumatic on the soft tissues of the body, and there is a lot of force behind a small collision.
If you are experiencing back pain after a motor vehicle accident, it is important to take these three steps. Not only will they help alleviate the pain (hopefully), but also allow you to seek compensation if you choose to do so.
What Steps Should I Take?
Back pain can be excruciating for some. Depending on the severity, it could impact your daily life and even keep you away from work, family, friends, and your own children. When suffering accident-related back pain, here are three steps to take:
- See a Doctor Immediately – You should see a doctor immediately after the accident; but, if you do not, still seek medical attention the moment when you notice pain. In some cases, you could not experience the pain until the next morning or a few days later. It is best to have a first responder assess you at the scene and allow him or her to take you to the hospital. Having a thorough examination early on could actually reduce the amount of downtime (and pain) you experience. If you visit a doctor a few days later, write down when you started experiencing the pain, how it continued, and how much it cost in medical bills.
- Record the Accident Details – If possible, you need to document everything. This includes the date and time of the accident, what details you remember leading up to the accident, and information about the other party. You may want to take photographs of the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, surrounding area, witnesses, other passengers, weather conditions, etc.
- Contact an Accident Attorney – This is by far the most important step. If someone else caused the accident, he or she equally caused your injuries. Therefore, you should not be the one shouldering the financial burden of medical costs, lost wages, etc. An experienced accident attorney in Atlanta can assist you with your claim. He or she can also ensure that you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Schedule an Accident Consultation Today
Do not allow accident-related back pain to ruin your life or even disrupt your ability to work and function. Instead, contact the car accident attorneys at Van Sant Law, LLC today. We are here to work as your advocates and secure compensation for your injuries. Schedule your consultation now by calling us at 404-991-5950, or request more information online.