Whiplash is Not a Minor Injury
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries that can occur after a car accident, and the car accident does not need to be severe for whiplash to occur. Whiplash is a painful neck injury that can impact daily life, from sleeping to walking to sitting. Recovering from the injury can take an extended period of time, and even keep you from working for weeks or months at a time. If you have suffered from whiplash after an accident and are facing mounting medical bills, a trustworthy auto accident attorney can help you. An experienced whiplash injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, and more. For a free consultation, fill out the free case evaluation form to your right.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF WHIPLASHWhiplash can develop up to 24 hours after an accident. Some car accident victims may not realize they are hurt until they begin experiencing pain, stiffness, and other signs of whiplash. Getting medical treatment is essential after an accident, but you should also be mindful of symptoms that could help you determine if you suffered whiplash. Signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain that worsens with movement
- Limited range of motion in the neck
- Muscle spasms
- Tenderness around the neck
- Headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Grade 0 – no physical signs of injury or complaints
- Grade 1 – neck pain, but no physical signs
- Grade 2 – neck complaints and signs of musculoskeletal injury
- Grade 3 – neck complaints and signs of neurological impairment
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
HOW DOES WHIPLASH OCCURWhiplash is more common after a rear-end accident, though it can be caused in any type of collision. Additionally, the accident doesn’t have to be high-speed; whiplash can be diagnosed in collisions involving vehicles moving at as little as 10 miles per hour. During the collision, three things happen with the neck: hyperflexion, hyperextension, and impact. At the first vehicle-to-vehicle contact, the neck hyperextends in one direction. It then hyperflexes in the reverse direction, and then impacts with a hard surface, such as your headrest. During the hyperextension and flexion, the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tissues in the neck are injured.
WHIPLASH TREATMENTTreatment will be needed so that you can get back to normal activities without pain and discomfort. Whiplash is diagnosed through a physical examination and imaging tests to rule out any other issues that may be the source of your pain. Once you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash, a physician will recommend a treatment plan for pain management and exercise to restore movement and strengthen the neck. Treatment options can include over-the-counter pain medications, physical therapy, stretches, chiropractic therapy, and rest.
HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP?Whiplash can seem like a minor injury, but for some, it can result in disabling pain and stiffness. Some car accident victims will find themselves out of work for extended periods of time while also facing large medical bills. If you were diagnosed with whiplash after an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past, present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering