Car Accident Whiplash


Whiplash attorneys

Whiplash is a common, painful injury. Most whiplash cases our law firm deals with occur as the result of an automobile accident. The impact on the driver or passenger’s head moves it forward and back. But the velocity is so violent, the neck goes beyond the usual range of motion and hyperextends. Sadly, this results in trauma and damage to the soft tissues. Also, the harm penetrates the muscles and significantly weaken them.

And it also affects the ligaments surrounding the cervical vertebrae. Of particular concern, whiplash may also cause nerve damage. But this may be transient or permanent, which is why this condition is almost always medically termed as "guarded."

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Most symptoms of car accident-related whiplash tend to develop within 24 hours of injury. But some extreme cervical strain/sprain cases could get overlooked or go unnoticed by the victim, or treating emergency physicians. This remains especially true in cases where more visible traumatic injuries are present like lacerations or broken bones.

Also, due to the adrenaline rush, and prescription pain killers, many victims, go home from an automobile accident or E.R., shaken but feeling unhurt. But these people just injured in wrecks may awake the next morning or several hours later in severe, excruciating pain. And sometimes, post-accident, these victims will have other distressing symptoms.

These may include:

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck area remain the most common symptom after a car crash. But this pain can be coupled with a condition called torticollis. Torticollis is defined as a spasm in the cervical muscles. And in bad cases, it physically causes the head to tilt forward or to the side in a pronounced fashion.
  • Mid-back, shoulder(s), and arm pain emanating anywhere along the vertebral column can manifest itself in another part of your body.
  • Headaches, typically occurring at the base of the skull.
  • Difficulty concentrating or being irritable.
  • Numbness in one or both arms.
  • Blurred or double vision.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Memory problems.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Dizziness.

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.  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 noninvasive treatment include physical therapy and therapeutic massage. And invasive treatment measures may include an array of treatments like ultrasound and even painkilling injections by a hypodermic needle.

These injections often include a concoction of numbing medications such as Lidocaine. And other therapy will usually entail the application of heat and ice to the neck, shoulder, and upper rhomboids.  Alternative pain treatment for whiplash may become supplemented with alternatives like Plasma Replacement Therapy, Prolotherapy, and even stem cell therapy. But mostly, doctors recommend over the counter pills like Motrin or Tylenol.

However, some egg-shell skull patients may be issued prescription pain relievers and muscle-relaxing drugs. But most doctors are scared of being sued or jailed for prescribing more powerful and effective opioid type chemicals. Ultimately, whiplash is not a medical condition you or your treating doctor want to face.

Information About Main Types of Car Accident Whiplash.

Although whiplash most commonly occurs during a rear-end collision. But it whiplash can happen with any impact at any place on the automobile.

  • Head-on collisions can result in whiplash injury too.
  • “T-Bone” type accidents. Mainly, this happens either broadside of the vehicle gets impacted during a left-hand turn, resembling a "T."  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.  But when the seat or its occupant violently comes to a halt, it drives the occupant's head, neck, and shoulders forward.

So the neck rapidly moves forward, then back, resembling the snaping motion of a whip.  Thus the term, “whiplash” describes the resulting physical injury.

Post Car-Crash Whiplash Can Be Very Serious.

Contrary to what insurance adjusters preach as gospel, whiplash is not a minor injury. Symptoms may persist for years, and they can cause secondary damage to your entire body's inner workings. No doubt, whiplash can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. Cost estimates for whiplash treatments exceed $40 billion per year. And this cost arises from the complexity and severity of treating symptoms alone. Also, a cure for chronic whiplash symptoms is not a reality as of yet.

Getting Legal Help for Whiplash After a Car Accident.

If you or a loved one has a whiplash injury, call our law offices right away.  Most of all, make sure you receive adequate care and compensation. Consult with an accomplished attorney and legal champion at Ehline Law Firm at (213) 596-9642. Let us evaluate your case right away and give you a roadmap to success.