As your attorney, one of the areas I look at in any accident is the impact on your activities of daily living which are also referred to as ADL. These are things like feeding yourself, showering, driving and even holding a child if that is something you do. In short, anything you do on a daily basis. This question is magnified in the presence of a low speed injury.
When you have a broken arm or have undergone surgery it is simple to show an insurance company or a jury what happened. When the impact was at low speed I need to show them the significance of what happened. Since your head weighs between 8 and 15 pounds and is supported by small bones it makes sense that any impact might cause an issue. When that impact prevents you from brushing your hair or safely driving a car because it is difficult to turn your head we have a significant limitation that might follow you for the rest of your life. While it may be difficult to relate the neck and arm pain with the low speed impact it is real and the ramifications are serious.
When you first see a doctor it is imperative that you feel like you were taken seriously. If they minimize what you are dealing with or want to give you a never ending supply of drugs to cover up what is going on you may not be in the right office. The doctors we refer our clients to are experts at knowing what to look for and then documenting their examination. If there is damage they record it and likewise, if the damage is minimal or non-existent they document that as well. They take you seriously and want you to get well!
An injury from any accident is serious business. Your job is to get well and our job is to get you reasonable compensation for your injuries based on the facts. Your next call should be to the Law office of Guenard and Bozarth at 888-809-1075 or go to We Can Help!