The short answer is YES, you can be injured in a collision that may appear to be minor in nature. However, if that were the end of it, this wouldn’t be a very interesting article. I am a personal injury attorney. I help people who have been injured by an intervening event. I have been practicing as a personal injury attorney for many years. As a personal injury attorney, I deal with a wide range of injury cases. The cases I handle vary both in the type of case (i.e. premises liability case; motor-vehicle collision case; work injury case; etc.) and in the severity of the injuries attached to the intervening event.
Some of the cases that I work on are very catastrophic collisions with severe injuries. The catastrophic cases are the cases everyone thinks about when they think of ‘lawyers and car wrecks.’ But the fact is, as I mentioned above, I handle cases that are not so severe in nature. While these lower severity cases may not be appealing for a television audience, and they may not be glamorous cases, injuries definitely occur with glaring regularity in lower impact collisions.
Just last week, I was working on several files on my docket that had minimal property damage, at least from the naked eye’s perspective. ALL of the clients that I represent and help have been injured in some way from the intervening event that led them to my door. In this discussion, we are focusing on the minor impact car collision. These car wrecks happen all the time, every day, I every neighborhood. The truth of the matter is: we are not all built like FOOTBALL players. We cannot sustain trauma to our bodies. We have not trained for that type of impact. When a regular person gets into even a minor car crash, there are extensive, negative ramifications to the body.
Some of the injuries that often occur from a minor vehicle collision are whiplash, bruising, soreness, stiffness, spinal herniations, shoulder injuries, neck injuries, lower back injuries. And, due to the body’s natural reaction to shock and injury, you may not feel the effects of the collision for several days or weeks. The most important thing you can do for a car wreck if you have been injured is to see a healthcare provider that can assess and diagnose your injuries. At that point, if necessary, a proper treatment plan can be administered.
Author – William Privette