Loyd's Legal Insights: Is it possible for an injury to initially go undiagnosed after a wreck?

This is Saint Charles Parish injury attorney Loyd Bourgeois and I am here to help you get the answer to this question and more today on Loyd’s Legal Insights...

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Mitchell Brien, chiropractor, at his office on Highway 90 in Luling, Louisiana. We are getting some insight from his perspective on some the frequently encountered issues he sees with his personal injury patients. I hope you join us and learn more about the chiropractic process in personal injury claims.

Is it possible for my injury to go undiagnosed immediately after a car wreck?

The Insight from Dr. Brien

We are going to take them through a series of examinations to get our examination findings, but it is not uncommon for some injuries not to show up initially. You know, sometimes even a fracture initially will not show up a lot of times. So what you will see a lot of times where the patient has to go back into get a re x-ray in an area. This also happens with soft tissue injuries. They will take some time to show up. In each case, there are certain red flags we look for in and there are certain things that show up right away. But, there are certain things that don't. In a general soft tissue, sprain/strain type case, a lot of times you won't see radicular or radiating symptoms down the arms or legs. So, you treat those symptoms as soft tissue sprains/strains. Then, as the weeks go by, sometimes those symptoms will start to show up. The patient will come in and say “I'm starting to really feel some some numbness or tingling into my arms or legs.” We will then start evaluating and finding out - is there an underlying cause of this. That's when we will send them out for an MRI (which is a radiograph) and it shows the soft tissue. With the MRI, you will find those disc herniation disc problems. Then, you have to kind of change your course care there.

So there you have it - some simple truth from a proven medical leader right here in St. Charles Parish.

Remember if you are hurt in a car crash here in St. Charles Parish, or if you are looking for a local St. Charles Parish attorney to represent you in your injury claim give me a call 985-240-9773. Injury consultations are free and we will take care of you from right here in our Luling, Louisiana office on the River Road.

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