My question involves a car accident that occurred in Washington D.C. but I am from Michigan.
On May 21, I was in D.C., stopped at a red light, and a car from Virginia was stopped behind me. A truck and driver from Ohio didn't notice the red light and slammed into the Virginia car which slammed into my car, pushing my car into the intersection. There was no question that the Ohio driver was at fault in the accident.
The Virginia car was demolished and the Virginia driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The Ohio driver complained of leg pain and his truck had front end damage. My car was not in the same condition it was in when it was rented, but it was driveable and I was late for a meeting and I felt ok, so I declined medical attention.
Last week, I started experiencing back and neck pain. I am a statistician and live a life much like the one you conjure in your mind when you think of statisticians (if you ever think of statisticians which you probably don't ). It is not exactly a job filled with strenuous activity and heavy lifting. So I can only come up with the car accident as the cause of my pain. After seeing a doctor yesterday, tests like an abdominal ct scan and xrays were done and the doctor mentioned possible disk injury. He did not rule out the possibility that the car accident was the cause. I will know more perhaps by Monday.
My questions: What besides a medical diagnosis would be necessary to connect what is wrong with me (back and neck pain wise, that is) to the car accident? I understand from having asked some knowledgeable people at another legal site that the amount of time that has passed between the accident and the onset of my pain makes any connection of the two far more difficult (if not impossible) to prove, should I try to hold the truck driver liable at some point. Is any of this even worth pursuing? Am I better off just dealing with all out-of-pocket medical expenses myself?
Thank you in advance for any answers you may provide.
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Are my questions ones that can't be answered (or at least answered until my medical test results are back)? I am missing work, in pain, and looking at medical costs that are not insignificant, and I know it is because of the impact of that car crash.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.