Scoliosis and Auto Accidents
A car accident can cause traumatic scoliosis. It can also worsen already-existing scoliosis, along with other physical conditions. The impact of a collision can misalign the spine, leading to pain, discomfort, and a limited range of motion.
Did you or a loved one suffer scoliosis or another injury because of a car accident? You have financial recovery options if negligence caused your crash. To begin your free case review with our team, call (954) 633-8270. Our car accident lawyer can build your case and seek compensation.
What Is Scoliosis?
Mayo Clinic notes that scoliosis is when the spine curves to one side, making the spine look like a “C” or an “S.” It’s usually diagnosed in adolescents, who can reduce the symptoms they experience by wearing a corrective brace. The exact cause of scoliosis is unknown.
Per Johns Hopkins Medicine, this condition can arise when the spinal discs break down, usually as a result of arthritis. It can also arise from sudden trauma, like a car accident.
The Symptoms of Scoliosis Can Affect Your Life
Symptoms of scoliosis include:
- An uneven waist
- Lopsided shoulders
- One side of the rib cage jutting out
- Poor posture
To diagnose a patient with scoliosis, a doctor may ask them to bend forward for a spine exam. Then, they’ll determine whether one side of the back sticks out more than the other. If it does, then this could mean that the patient has scoliosis.
What Should I Do If I Developed Scoliosis After a Car Accident?
If you think you suffered scoliosis or another injury following a collision, you should visit a healthcare provider as soon as possible. They can develop a treatment plan that seeks to better your condition. Your treatment options may include corrective devices, pain relief medications, and physical therapy.
Another measure after your collision is to consider legal help. If another party’s negligence caused your accident and injuries, you could seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other related damages.
Car Accidents Can Cause Scoliosis and Other Injuries
Collisions can cause more than traumatic scoliosis. They can also cause:
- Soft-tissue injuries, such as whiplash
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord trauma
- Damaged nerves
- Internal bleeding
- Blood loss from deep lacerations
Car accidents can also cause mental health complications, including anxiety and depression.
You Can Partner With a Car Accident Lawyer After Your Collision
You don’t have to navigate your accident’s aftermath on your own. You can entrust your case to a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer. To recover the compensation you need, they can:
Offer Help on Contingency
The cost of living with and treating scoliosis can strain your resources. Our team understands this, so we work on a contingency-fee basis. When you partner with our team, you pay nothing out of pocket. We don’t charge anything upfront, either. We finance your case’s obligations from beginning to end, alleviating your worries.
File Your Case Within the Appropriate Deadline
Each state has a timeframe you must follow if you decide to file a lawsuit against a liable party. For example, you generally have four years to file a lawsuit after your car accident in Florida, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a).
However, this deadline can get complicated if you suffered traumatic scoliosis. That’s because you might not recognize symptoms until months after the collision. Our team can assess your filing deadline and act accordingly. We intend to do everything possible to pursue damages on your behalf.
Gather Supporting Evidence
To recover damages after a car accident, you need evidence. Our team can use the following information to support your case:
- The police report
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- X-rays and other imaging scans, such as MRI results
- Eyewitness testimony
- Information from your care provider
Your Florida car accident lawyer may also consult with third-party field experts (like accident reconstruction specialists) to learn more about your accident’s cause. They may also consult with healthcare experts who focus on scoliosis to understand your condition’s effect on your life.
File Your Claim or Lawsuit
In most states, you can typically file a claim with your own insurer or the liable party’s insurer to seek compensation.
However, a serious condition like traumatic scoliosis may entitle you to file a civil lawsuit. Here, you could sue the at-fault party for your outstanding losses, including your anticipated healthcare expenses. Our team can guide you through litigation if it becomes necessary.
Begin Your Free Car Accident Case Review With the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato
Want to learn more about your legal options after a car accident? Then reach out to our team today. When you call, you can start a free case review during which we can discuss your accident, injuries, and expectations. Dial (954) 633-8270 to get started.