HOW IS AN MRI USED TO DIAGNOSE CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES?
Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018 at 10:33 pm
Car accidents can cause serious injuries that may result in long-term impairments. Therefore, accident victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Even if you “feel fine,” you could have suffered a severe injury. In some cases, car accident injuries may not be immediately known after a crash because some symptoms may not be present for several hours or days. Delaying medical treatment could cause an injury to be more severe. Therefore, seeing a physician to diagnose your injuries and develop a treatment plan is essential for your health.
In addition to protecting your health and well-being, seeking medical attention after an accident is also important for an injury claim. A delay in treatment can give the insurance company a reason to fight the accident claim. The company may argue that the injury was not as severe as you claim, or another trauma caused the injury after the accident.
Our Sacramento car accident attorneys can help you file your claim. We stand up to insurance companies and fight for our clients’ right to full compensation for all damages. Contact our office for a free consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers.
Diagnosing Injuries After a Car Accident
When you go to the emergency room after a car accident or you see your doctor in the days following the collision, your doctor may perform a variety of diagnostic tests to determine the type and severity of your injury. It is important to diagnose the injury correctly, so that the treatment plan gives you the best chance of a full recovery.
One of the tests that your doctor may use is an MRI or magnetic resonance imaging test. An MRI is different from CT scans or X-rays because it does not use radiation to make the images. An MRI machine uses a magnetic field combined with radio waves to create images of the soft tissues within your body. Because the MRI can produce extremely detailed images that are similar to “slices” of certain areas of your body, it allows your physician to closely examine areas for slight abnormalities that could indicate serious car accident injuries.
Some common car accident injuries that an MRI can detect include:
- Fractures and broken bones that an X-ray may not detect
- Bleeding in the brain or around the brain
- Brain injuries
- Injuries to internal organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, bladder, and kidneys
- Injury to the nerves or discs of the spinal cord and other spine injuries
- Damage to ligaments, bones, tendons, or cartilage
Your physician should discuss the potential benefits and risks of undergoing an MRI. In many cases, the doctor may have exhausted other options for diagnosing your car accident injuries. An MRI could be the only diagnostic tool remaining that could provide a correct diagnosis.
Filing an Injury Claim Seeking Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
The Sacramento car accident attorneys of The Tiemann Law Firm provide free consultations and no-obligation case evaluations. You can request your free appointment by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.
Learn more about your legal options for recovering compensation for your car accident. You may be entitled to receive money for your lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering from the negligent driver who caused the accident.