Serving injured Floridians requires an understanding of the most common injuries (such as whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, shoulder injuries, etc.) and medical treatment (chiropractic, injections, physical therapy, massage, surgery etc.) that a patient needs as a result. To make as complete a recovery as possible often takes many months and the help of several medical specialists to assist the patient. These physicians may review medical records, examine clients, assess any relevant pre-accident medical history, or act as expert witnesses during trial. Auto accidents have historically caused 42.1 % of all reported spinal cord injuries. More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. Some of those spinal cord injury victims will recover. Other victims may be permanently paralyzed or disabled. Car accidents can cause other back injuries, such as a herniated vertebral disc. The accident victim may require surgery, years of treatment and physical therapy, and the injuries can completely change the life of the victim.