Auto Injury Treatment St Paul Minnesota

Sometimes, the worst thing about Christmas is getting there! Once it arrives, it’s lots of fun–so don’t have an accident on the way! That drive over the river and through the woods brings its own hazards. Be aware that you may be more likely to have an accident at this time of the year.

This is easily the busiest time of year, but it’s important to make time for safety while celebrating the holidays. By committing a few minutes each day to safety, many auto injuries can be avoided and your holidays will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Minnesota has no shortage of bad weather this time of year. Unfortunately, bad weather means an increase in automobile accidents.  If you have been involved in a car accident, any injuries need to be taken very seriously.

Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the connective tissues surrounding the spine – the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  In an accident, these soft tissues can be stretched and torn, causing symptoms that can be as minor as a simple sprain that clears up in a day or two, or a permanent injury.

In most neck, back and spinal cord injury cases, the injury occurs because of rapid change in speed of the head and torso in an auto accident. These change-in-speed cases are called acceleration/deceleration injuries.  This is why many people refer to neck and back injuries as “whiplash” injuries.

Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.

Acceleration/Deceleration

If you have been involved in a car accident or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain. Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt.  Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent.

Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries.

Possible Symptoms After Auto Accidents:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Headache
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Lower back pain and/or stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Shoulder pain
  • Nausea
  • Knee Pain
  • Pain in the arms or legs,
    feet and hands
  • Pain in the jaw or face
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Disoriented

Get The Facts!

Minnesota people that are injured in a car accident are protected by what’s called Minnesota no-fault insurance. This means that anyone injured in a car accident can get the treatment that they need with absolutely no cost out of their pocket.  It doesn’t matter if you were the driver or passenger.  It doesn’t even matter if the accident was your fault or not.

  • It is illegal for your insurance company to raise your rates if someone hits you.
  • If you are injured in a car accident, your Minnesota auto insurance pays up to $20,000 in medical expenses.
  • If the other drive is uninsured you still have medical coverage.
  • If you are injured in a car accident in Minnesota you are able to see any doctor, anytime up to 12 months from the date of the accident with no cost to YOU!
  • The pain caused by an accident may not show up for days and even weeks after the accident.
  • If you are injured the insurance company may even owe you money from missed work, pain and suffering and mileage to and from appointments.
  • About 3 million car accidents victims are inflicted with whiplash and 1/3 of these result in chronic pain.
  • Whiplash injuries may take 5-6 months to stabilize.
  • Just like a broken nose, if your spine heals wrong it will never be the same.
  • About 75% of injuries form car accidents occur at speeds below 12mph.
  • There is no relationship between car damage and a person’s pain.  Pain can be present without car damage.

Even though the holidays are a time for family gatherings, the busy holiday season can contribute to a lack of attention being paid to safety. The last place your group wants to get together is the emergency room.

In spite of your best efforts, accidents can and do happen! If you have been involved in a car accident, you need a doctor who specializes in the treatment for whiplash and other auto accident injuries.  Even if you are just sore, you should get checked out immediately because you may experience serious health problems many months down the road.