Motor vehicle crashes cause violent forces on a person’s body. In a front-end crash, a person’s body moves forward and can strike parts of the car, like the steering column or dashboard. Crash damage can also cause a person’s legs to be crushed or damaged. Leg pain after a car accident is a common injury.
What are common causes of leg pain after a car accident?
Leg pain can be serious and can often occur after a car accident. If you are experiencing leg pain after a car accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. Causes of leg pain include:
- tendon damage
- muscle damage
- cuts and punctures
- crush injuries
- nerve damage
- broken bones
The only way to know whether your leg pain is the result of common soreness or a serious medical condition is to seek medical attention immediately.
What should I do if I was in a car accident and am experiencing leg pain?
Seek medical attention immediately.
Leg pain after a car accident can be serious. You need to know the cause of your pain so you can get the treatment you need.
Get tested and see a specialist
If you suffer leg pain after a car accident, most doctors will order imaging of your leg, like a CT scan. It may also be appropriate to ask your primary care physician or a hospital physician to refer you to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon (bone specialist) or a neurologist (nerve specialist). Specialists have additional training and experience that will help them diagnose your symptoms.
Make a record
There are many causes of leg pain. Insurance companies are quick to point that out. If you are in a car accident and are having leg pain, you want to inform your doctors, so they include that information in your medical records. If your medical records at the emergency room or an initial visit with your primary care physician document leg pain, it will be more difficult for the insurance company to argue your leg pain was unrelated to the crash. More importantly, you want your doctors to know this information. It will aid in your treatment.
Talk to an attorney
Insurance companies act quickly to minimize their financial responsibility after a crash. For example, they often take recorded statements of accident victims to try to obtain information to minimize the value of their claims. Talk with an experienced car accident attorney so you know the tactics insurance companies use. Information puts you in control. Talk to an attorney as soon as possible after a crash to protect you and your family.
Tell your no-fault insurance company about the leg pain
If you were in a Michigan car accident and another driver was at fault, you likely have two claims: (1) a Michigan no-fault claim and (2) a negligence claim. To obtain no-fault benefits, you must submit an application for no-fault benefits to the correct insurance company. Talk to an attorney to identify the correct insurance company. In your application, list leg pain where it asks about crash injuries. The earlier you can document the relationship between the crash and your leg pain, the better chance you have of the insurance company paying for treatment for your leg pain.
Do I have a legal claim if I am having leg pain from a car accident?
Yes. You likely have multiple legal claims if you are having leg pain after a car accident. You likely have a Michigan no-fault claim and, if another driver was at fault for the crash, a claim against that driver. Talk with an experienced car accident attorney to better understand your rights.
If you were in a car crash, call or contact Conybeare Law Office now to speak with an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer
A car accident is a scary, painful, and traumatic experience. It can be difficult to know who to talk to after a crash, but having an experienced Michigan car accident attorney can help alleviate much of the stress and uncertainty that comes after an accident. The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Conybeare Law Office will help you understand your rights so you feel like you are in control, and they will fight to get you the money you deserve. To learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our Michigan car accident clients, talk to our office today. Conybeare Law Office has offices in Saint Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and proudly serves all of southwest Michigan and beyond. Call or contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to talking to you. Remember, if it’s not fair, call the bear.