Questions I can best answer…by not answering!

When a client (or someone looking for legal help on a website asks whether it is “normal” to have certain pains after a wreck, it’s important NOT to give medical advice!

I received an Interesting query from someone on AVVO on whether it was “normal” to start feeling right leg pain and right should pain after a sideswipe wreck.  FWIW, here was my “no, but” lawyer-like answer…

>>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 are is because in NC (and every other jurisdiction as far as I know) neither you nor I nor the 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, nor 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 that you document your injuries.

And just like a lawyer can’t 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 consultation fee (but you should confirm that up front).

Good luck to you and I hope you heal soon.

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About Mike Daisley - Civil Litigation Attorney, Mediator, Writer, Licensed Lay Preacher (Episcopal Church, Diocese of North Carolina)

Mike Daisley is a civil litigation attorney and Certified Mediator in Charlotte, North Carolina, and owner and president of "DaisleyLegal" a virtual law firm focused on helping victims of drunk driving injuries and other careless individuals and corporations. He devotes a significant time of his practice as a mediator in North Carolina's Superior Courts, using his 35 years of litigation experience to counsel and assist opposing parties to resolve their disputes and lawsuits cooperatively, avoiding the high expenses and time commitments involved in going to trial. In addition to his commitment to Civil Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mike is also an avid writer, and has a wide array of interests outside of his legal practice, including stints as a columnist for The Charlotte Observer, political analyst for WCNC-TV and WBT Radio. Mike’s biggest passion outside the law is learning and writing about theology, and especially the role doubt plays in faith, the role faith plays (or should play) in politics, and (as he puts it) the “beauty and deep mystery” of the liturgy. Mike is a lifelong Episcopalian, and often jokes that means "I am a raging agnostic at least two or three days a week.” In 2019, he was appointed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina as a licensed Lay Preacher in the Episcopal Church. (A sample of Mike’s preaching can be heard here: To discuss the possibility of teaching, lecture, sermon or interview requests (or to make any comments or suggestions about the “WithGladness” blog) you may contact Mike at any Office email : Personal email: Office voicemail: (704) 554-2306 Mike Daisley & Associates, LLC 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 400 Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
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