was side swiped by another vehicle that made an improper lane change from left lane to my right lane, basically they cut me off, not nearly enough distance before doing so. Their passenger side and my driver front end collided. Pain in my right shoulder, and upper.middle back developed later, now the pain is in my right leg starting in the outer thigh right continuing do to right above the ankle.. Is that normal.the initials pains started like 5-6 days after accident. thats when i went to hospital. currently i am being treated by a chiropractor. appears to be mainly muscle related at this point.
You are experiencing what many suffer through after an accident of this type. The insurance company will try to argue that the 5-6 day gap in treatment is evidence you were not really hurt, but an experienced personal injury attorney can deal with that. I recommend retaining counsel to help you with your claim.
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Of course we are lawyers, not doctors, but many personal injury lawyer here would tell you that folks often develop pain days or weeks after the injury. Proving that your pain is caused by the accident is another matter. You should probably be seeing an orthopedic doctor if you intend to make that claim in your case.
Orthopedic doctors and physical therapy carry more weight with insurance companies than chiropractic treatment does, so why make your case more difficult with the insurance company? Have your primary doctor recommend/refer you to a good orthopedic doctor because there is a chance that you could still develop serious compilations from the crash.
Given the gap in treatment you should also consult with a local personal injury attorney.
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Let me first answer your question by not answering it -- because I am NOT a doctor!
What I can tell you is that in my 27 years of doing this, I've seen hundreds of cases similar to yours, and NO it's not unusual for different pain to develop in different places in the days following the trauma. But that DOESN'T mean that your injury is "normal" for you or like everybody else's because only a healthcare professional can competently advise you about that, not a lawyer.
The reason I recommend an examination for folks who are feeling the way you say you are is because in NC (and every other jurisdiction as far as I know) neither you nor your family nor I nor passengers in your vehicle etc. can testify that the wreck was the cause of your symptoms. You need an medical expert that can render an opinion regarding the source of your pain, and that the treatment you received was reasonable and necessary because of the wreck. Thus it is very important that you get the treatment that you need, and that a professional document your condition.
NEVER should anyone seek treatment they don't really need, or try to run up a claim by running up bills. It's unethical and could be criminal. However, it IS vitally important that you get the treatment you need and that a competent health provider see you for evaluation, and document your injuries.
And just like a lawyer can't really tell you what therapy or medicine you might need, so cannot a physician help you evaluate your legal claim. Go see an attorney who is experienced and competent in this area. Most will see you on this type of claim without charging you a fee (but you should confirm that up front). Good luck to you and I hope you heal soon.
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