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Car Accidents are a Cause of Vertebral Artery Dissection

The Boulder car accident attorneys at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, understand that an impact from a car crash can cause both obvious and subtle injuries. This article offers a legal perspective about a seemingly subtle injury that can be caused by trauma from a car accident, Vertebral Artery Dissection (VAD). Our Boulder car accident lawyers understand the profound effect that VAD and its associated problems, like stroke, can have on car accident victims. The medical literature is clear that Vertebral Artery Dissection can be caused by a traumatic event such as a car accident, whiplash, or any other impact to the neck. Vertebral Artery Dissection is a tear in one or more of the arteries in the back of the neck (vertebral arteries), and it is known that even minor trauma to the neck can cause VAD. As the artery heals, blood gathers/clots at the tear and can break off into the bloodstream and restrict blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. VAD is increasingly recognized as a cause of stroke for people under the age of 45.

A Boulder car accident attorney who has experience dealing with a Vertebral Artery Dissection caused by a car accident knows that diagnosing and treating VAD involves state of the art imaging, such as CT scans and MRIs, as well as a team of highly trained medical staff and top-tier medical facilities. If you have been in a car crash and sustained a Vertebral Artery Dissection, you are probably already aware that your treatment has been expensive. While the treatment of VAD may not involve surgery, surgery is not uncommon and will significantly add to the already high medical costs in diagnosing/treating VAD. Experienced Boulder car accident lawyers understand that recovery from a VAD also often includes a course of prescription medication lasting from a few months to an entire lifetime. Moreover, because a Vertebral Artery Dissection can cause a stroke, the recovery process may involve substantial time off work and away from normal life activities.

The good news is that if your Vertebral Artery Dissection is caused by trauma from a car crash or somebody else’s negligence, a Boulder personal injury attorney experienced in Vertebral Artery Dissection can help you recover your medical bills, lost wages, as well as get you compensation for your emotional stress, pain and suffering, and any physical impairment that you may have as a result of your VAD. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are Boulder car accident lawyers who will also look at your medical bills and make sure that they are being paid in a manner that will maximize your net recovery at the end of your case. Because a stroke caused by a traumatic Vertebral Artery Dissection can cause permanent injury at worst, or several months of lifestyle and activity restrictions at best, we recommend that you have an experienced Boulder car accident attorney by your side throughout your VAD recovery who can help monitor your case and put you in a strong position when it is time to make your claim with the insurance company.

Cook, Bradford & Levy’s Boulder car accident lawyers are well versed in Colorado liability insurance and health insurance law and are willing and ready to stand by your side after you have suffered a Vertebral Artery Dissection in a car crash. Our experienced car accident attorneys will put our years of experience to work for you to make sure that you get the full and complete compensation from your collision and that the insurance carrier understands that car accidents cause Vertebral Artery Dissection. We are Boulder car accident attorneys with experience in Vertebral Artery Dissection injuries, and we encourage you to reach out to us at 303-543-1000 with any questions about your case.

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