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Depending upon the direction, severity and force of the impact, personal injuries from a car accident can range from minor bumps and bruises, or sprains and strains, to major life threatening and permanently disabling problems... or even death. If you have any pain or numbness you should immediately be taken to the emergency room and thoroughly checked out by a physician. Documenting your injury is an important step in getting you fairly and justly compensated.


Often after an accident the driver or passengers are only a little shaken up. The next day or a few days later they begin to notice sore achy muscles in their neck or back. Then it's the headaches that wake you when you are sleeping. Sometimes the headaches begin in the morning and last all day. Typically those symptoms are the result of sprains or strains to the muscle tissue in the area of the body that was injured in the accident. Injuries such as strains can be serious and take months to resolve. A doctor's diagnosis and referral to physical therapy help to provide a speedy recovery. The day after the accident you should schedule an immediate appointment with your primary care physician. If you can't get an immediate appointment or don't have a primary care physician call Jim Donelan (461-1500) who will help with a referral

No health insurance ? . . . Don't worry. Jim will help you find a doctor that will treat you and wait to be paid when the case is settled.


Pain, numbness or tingling in the hand, fingers or down the leg into the foot or toes can indicate a permanent injury such as a herniated or ruptured intervertebral disk. Many times symptoms in the leg or hands are caused by an impingement of the nerve root by a fragment of the damaged disk. Early diagnosis and treatment are important. While surgery is not always indicated it will be an option discussed by your treating physician.


A common injury caused by a car crash is TMJ Dysfunction. It's means Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and its symptoms can be overlooked by physicians. The TM Joint is located where your jaw bone intersects with your skull on the side of your head.

Common symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction





These symptoms can occur on one or both sides of the face. Diagnosis and treatment of this injury requires an expert in the field of cranial and maxillofacial medicine. Attorney Jim Donelan is familiar with this injury and can direct you to a competent medical professional. Call Jim Donelan (461-1500), to help you find an expert in this specialty of medicine.


Jim Donelan has represented accident victims with many disabling and permanent injuries. Some of those injuries include the following:

HEAD INJURIES - Closed head injuries fractured skull, concussion, traumatic brain injuries, jaw injuries, TMJ dysfunction, facial or cranial injuries.

SPINAL INJURIES - Spinal cord injuries, ruptured herniated discs or disk, nerve root impingement.

FRACTURES - (broken bones) ribs, skull, tibia, fibula, ankle femur, humerus, ulna, radius.

INTERNAL INJURIES - damaged, bruised or lacerated liver spleen kidney heart.

KNEE INJURIES - torn meniscus, damaged cartilage, torn ligaments, torn ACL anterior cruciate ligament, fracture of the knee cap, tibia, fibula, metacarpal.

SHOULDER INJURIES - rotator cuff tear, torn ligaments or tendons.

SCARS - scarring to the face, head, arm, legs or hands.

AMPUTATION - leg, foot, toe, arm, hand, finger or fingers

Jim Donelan has represented thousands of victims injured in a motor vehicle collision and helped them get the compensation they need for proper treatment. Call him today for a free consultation at 401-461-1500


Jim Donelan handles motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents in the following Rhode Island areas: Barrington RI, Bristol RI, Burrillville RI, Central Falls RI, Charlestown RI, Coventry RI, Cranston RI, Cumberland RI, East Greenwich RI, East Providence RI, Exeter RI, Foster RI, Glocester RI, Hopkinton RI, Jamestown RI, Johnston RI, Lincoln RI, Little Compton RI, Middletown RI, Narragansett RI, New Shoreham RI and Block Island RI, Newport RI, North Kingstown RI, North Providence RI, North Smithfield RI, Pawtucket RI, Portsmouth RI, Providence RI, Richmond RI, Riverside RI, Scituate RI, South Kingtown RI, Tiverton RI, Wakefield RI, Warren RI, Warwick RI, West Greenwich RI, West Warwick RI, Westerly RI, Woonsocket RI, Kent County, Providence County, Washington County, and through out South County, Newport County, East Bay and West Bay.


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