Car Accident Whiplash
Whiplash is a common, painful injury. And it often occurs from an automobile accident. The impact on the driver or passenger’s head moves it forward and back. And it goes beyond the usual range of motion. So this results in trauma and damage to the soft tissues.
Also, the harm penetrates into muscles. And it also affects the ligaments surrounding the cervical vertebrae. It may also cause nerve damage. And this may be transient or permanent.
Whiplash Signs and Symptoms.
Many victims go home from an automobile accident shaken but feeling unhurt. But these people may awake the next morning or several hours later in severe pain. Sometimes they will have other distressing symptoms.
These may include:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck area. And this includes torticollis. That is a spasm in the cervical muscles. It causes the head to tilt forward or to the side;
- Headaches, typically occurring at the base of the skull;
- Blurred or double vision;
- Mid-back, shoulder(s) and arm pain. Or it could be pain anywhere along the vertebral column;
- Numbness in one or both arms;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Difficulty concentrating, or being irritable;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Memory problems.
If you have whiplash, speak to an automobile accident attorney. And any delay can blow the statute of limitations. Above all, your legal remedy could expire. So time is of the essence.
The Statute of Limitations Problems.
In general, a victim has two years to file a bodily injury claim. But some states may have shorter periods of time. For this reason, do not delay seeking legal counsel.
Whiplash Diagnosis and Treatment.
Whiplash gets diagnosed with imaging studies including X-rays. Other methods include computerized tomography. (CT scan). And another approach is Magnetic resonance imaging. (MRI). Modern modes of treatment include physical therapy and therapeutic massage. Also included is ultrasound and injections.
These injections require numbing medication such as Lidocaine. And therapy will entail the application of heat and ice. Treatment may become supplemented. That is mostly with over the counter or prescription pain relievers and muscle relaxing drugs.
Whiplash most commonly occurs as a result of a rear-end collision. But it can happen with any impact at any place on the automobile. Head on collisions can result in whiplash injury too. And so have “t-bone” type accidents. And this is where either side of the vehicle gets impacted. Even a relatively minor “fender bender” or accident with no visible damage can result in whiplash.
During any impact to an automobile, even at low speeds, the seats may move. A person’s natural reaction to a seat moving forward or back is to push it back against the movement. When the seat comes to a halt, it drives people forward.
And this will cause the neck to move forward, then back. So this is like the motion of a whip. Thus the term, “whiplash” to describe the resulting injury.
Whiplash Can Be Very Serious.
Whiplash is not a minor injury. Symptoms may persist for years. And they can cause secondary damage. No doubt, whiplash can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. Cost estimates for whiplash treatments exceed $40 billion per year. And this is from the complexity and severity of symptoms.
Get Legal Help for Whiplash.
If you or a loved one has a whiplash injury, call our office right away. Consult with an accomplished attorney. Most of all, make sure you receive adequate care and compensation. Contact the legal champions at Ehline Law Firm at (888) 400-9721. Let us evaluate your case right away.