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Advice from a Clayton County Auto Accident Attorney—Part IV

Auto accidents can be traumatic even if there are only minor or few noticeable injuries. It is pretty clear to auto accident victims who have serious injuries or whose loved ones are killed in accidents that they should consult an attorney. But even minor injuries entitle a victim to compensation.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

Georgia auto accident victims will likely face four consideration areas following the accident:

  • The accident's immediate aftermath;
  • Auto accident lawsuits;
  • Auto accident-related pain;
  • Auto accident-related injuries.

The head, neck and back are most commonly injured in auto accidents. Other common injuries are sustained to internal organs, legs and arms.

Back Injuries

Disc Injury

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT scan (Computed Tomography) is needed to diagnose herniated discs in most cases; they do not show up on x-rays. Spinal discs are cushions and act like shock absorbers between the vertebrae and spinal column. If discs are damaged they may protrude into the spinal canal as a bulging disc. If the disc tears or breaks open it is called a herniated disc and is sometimes referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc. Both bulging and herniated discs can cause pain throughout an auto accident victim's body. A herniated disc in the lower back may cause leg pain while a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain.

Defense attorneys often attempt to blame herniated discs on pre-existing conditions such as osteoarthritis. Testimony from medical experts may be necessary and an experienced Clayton County personal injury attorney can show how the auto accident caused the disc injury.

Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord links the brain and the rest of the body and dictates motor control and sensory reaction. A spinal cord injury occurs in an auto accident when there is a blow to the spine that damages spinal nerves. This impairs the brain's communication with the body and results in paralysis and lack of sensation in part or all of the body. A complete spinal cord injury results in total numbness and paralysis in the affected part of the body. An incomplete spinal cord injury leaves limited sensation or movement in the affected area.

The degree of affect is directly related to the area of the spine that is injured; the higher an injury is on the spine, the more of the body will be affected. Injuries to the middle or lower spine will impact the legs as paraplegia. Injuries to the neck or upper back will likely impact the arms as well as the legs as quadriplegia.

Compression Fractures

Compression fractures are small bone and spinal cracks that can cause the vertebrae to collapse and deform over time. Such fractures can permanently alter the spine's shape and structure.

Symptoms of a compression fracture may include altered posture, difficulty breathing and back pain. Compression fractures are often misdiagnosed as arthritis or osteoporosis among older adults. According to Disabled World News, an estimated two-thirds of compression fractures are undiagnosed.

Other Injuries

  • Internal organs (spleen, ribs, appendix, kidney, lungs, heart, etc.)
  • Arms, hands and fingers
  • Legs, knees, hips, ankles and feet

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia