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Arthritis Causes More Bodily Injury in Accidents 

       

After a motor vehicle collision most insurance adjuster assume people with arthritis have pre-existing conditions.  In fact this is true.  Injuries that cause arthritis will take 6 months or more to show signs no imaging.  Therefore arthritis seen on images after recent trauma is pre-existing and was in no way caused by the collision.  These studies document that pre-existing arthritis causes more bodily injury then a person with arthritis in trauma.  Arthritic degeneration pre-disposes the injured person to more damage with less trauma. 

 

Reference:

Rao, S. K., Wasyliw, C., & Nunez Jr., D. B. (2005). Spectrum of imaging findings in hyperextension injuries of the neck. Radiographics,25(5), 1239-1254.

 

Panjabi, M. M., Maak, T. G., Ivancic, M., & Ito, S. (2006). Dynamic intervertebral foramen narrowing during simulated rear impact. Spine, 31(5), E128-E134.

 

Newgard, C. D. (2008). Defining the "older" crash victim: The relationship between age and serious injury in motor vehicle crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(4), 1498-1505.

 

Newgard, C. D. (2008). Defining the "older" crash victim: The relationship between age and serious injury in motor vehicle crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(4), 1498-1505.

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