What types of accident injuries get misdiagnosed?
Unfortunately, doctors can misdiagnose your injuries after an accident.

Learn what mistakes they can make and what you can do about it.

Unfortunately, doctors can misdiagnose your injuries after an accident. Learn what mistakes they can make and what you can do about it.

Injuries That Commonly Get Misdiagnosed

Nothing’s convenient when you get into a car accident. And unfortunately, simply being in one opens the door for more stress than you expect.

For example, up to 10-20% of all medical issues may be misdiagnosed. That includes car accident injuries.

Imagine going to the hospital for help after a serious car accident only to come out with the wrong diagnosis or none at all!

Let’s take a look at common car accident injuries that even smart doctors get wrong sometimes.


Even though it’s a common car accident injury, whiplash frequently gets misdiagnosed by even bright doctors.

Whiplash isn’t obviously visible like a broken leg. Instead, it involves pain and inflammation to your neck and upper shoulders.

Even though it can lead to permanent pain and disability in some cases, you may not even feel any pain immediately after your car accident. 

In fact, it could take weeks before you notice anything. Because of how it presents, whiplash is often misdiagnosed.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Why are these so commonly misdiagnosed? Because they don’t present in exactly the same way with any two patients.

When you break a rib, that presents in a similar way in you and anyone else.

However, when you experience traumatic brain injury (TBI), the injury could show up quite differently depending on the region of your brain affected.

And to make matters more confusing, TBI symptoms may not show up for weeks or months, just like whiplash.

You don’t even need to hit your head to experience TBI. You only need a violent movement that jars your brain around in your skull. You may also have other more concerning injuries that require immediate attention, leading to the TBI being overlooked.

And the medical system uses MRIs and CAT scans to identify TBI, even though they have serious accuracy issues.

As a result, TBI often gets misdiagnosed.

Orthopedic Injuries

This term refers to injuries to your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Though common, orthopedic injuries also frequently get misdiagnosed. Science Daily reports doctors frequently misdiagnose common injuries such as hairline fractures and pulled muscles because they seem minor.

However, such injuries can lead to debilitating long-term pain and even complete disability. You can even end up with arthritis.

Why does this happen?

At the time of examination, the injuries simply seem minor to doctors. And as a result, they overlook diagnosis and don’t order further treatment or testing.

Make Sure You Have a Top-Notch Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side

Proving misdiagnosis on top of the driver’s liability in a car accident claim takes serious legal expertise.

Medical malpractice cases are among the most difficult to win.

Fortunately, you can afford to hire the best personal injury lawyer in all of the DFW Metroplex. That’s because they only take a percentage of your final compensation when you win.

If your attorney doesn’t win, they don’t get paid anything. So, it simply makes sense to do your research and hire the best personal injury lawyer you can find.

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In the last 3 years, we’ve made TopVerdict’s annual Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times.

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Award for Texas Top 20 Personal Injury Settlements 2021 by Top Verdict
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Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to TopVerdict.com, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

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What's Next?
Case Evaluation
Following an accident or injury, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney about the specific circumstances of your potential personal injury case.
Accident Investigation
We always investigate each personal injury claim, thoroughly gather evidence, and consult with experts when necessary to develop a strong foundation for your personal injury case. Unlike most law firms, our in-house investigative team - and dedicated videographer - are included at no additional cost to you.
Legal Strategy
Every personal injury claim is unique. Our attorneys will create a highly customized legal strategy tailored to fit the individual circumstances of your case.
Demand Letter
A settlement demand package is prepared that outlines liability and damages including injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. It is typically sent to the at-fault party's insurance company.
Case Settles or Goes to Litigation
Most of our claims settle during the demand negotiation process. We’re dedicated to getting the best possible result for all clients, however, and never hesitate to recommend the filing of a personal injury lawsuit if we believe that is what is required to maximize YOUR compensation.
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