Unfortunately, if you’ve been in a car, bus, or boat accident, you jolted or jarred your neck. So you’ve likely suffered some form of whiplash. The fragility of the human body and the neck, in particular, allows for such an injury to occur. The sheer force of a sudden stop or trauma will result in a swinging motion to the muscles.
So your ligaments, and bones in the neck and head compress and pull apart quickly.
- Hyperextension of the neck can cause severe damage to the tissue. So this ends up resulting in a myriad of medical issues.
When suffering from such an injury, there is a need for immediate medical attention. Consultation with a legal expert to assess the road ahead is of utmost importance.
Is there a Relationship Between Whiplash Injury and Temporomandibular Disorders?
Most insurers (and therefore most personal injury law firms) dismiss whiplash claims as low value "soft tissue" cases. The very term "soft tissue" (no broken bones) has been made to seem as if you have no case.
This is despite that fact that whiplash can lead to:
- Disc burst fractures (discussed here.)
- Quadriplegia (discussed here.)
- Paraplegia (discussed here.)
- Arthritis and more ailments than that.
So here we will focus on the fact that whiplash can actually:
- Exacerbate a previous condition
- Create a new ailment that can have lifelong consequences to a victim like you, your wife, kids, or parents.
Have Insurance Carriers Conditioned Attorneys to Think All Soft Tissue Cases are Low Value?
Yes. We think so. Personal injury mills just want to settle for whatever they can, according to many consumers.
- Insurers like to settle clear liability soft tissue cases for between $4,000 and $5,000 to cover all your pain, suffering, attorney's fees, and medical bills.
If it's a minimum policy, your attorney may jump on it and move on to the next client. But is that fair to you? What about the relationship between whiplash and other ailments? What if you have a lifelong condition from that rear-ender?
Ehline Law Firm thinks the defendant should pony up $$ even if it's a minimum insurance policy! They can pay out of pocket or risk a wage garnishment, judgment, etc.
- But is your lawyer leaving money on the table due to a simple inability to understand medicine?
- Whiplash injury
- Temporomandibular disorders
- Craniomandibular disorders all can arise from a low impact car accident.
What is a Whiplash Injury?
As discussed above, a whiplash injury is associated with a quick, snapping, or whipping motion of a flexible object. Take your neck, for example, imagine it snapping back and forth in 2 directions all at once. That's whiplash.
- This movement during a car accident mostly involves motion of the head and neck in extension and flexion about the torso but can involve lateral motions as well.
- Many medical experts say that “whiplash” is an oversimplification of the complex forces that occur.
- Whiplash forces take place during rapid head acceleration. Sometimes this force is 2 to 3 times greater than the forces a vehicle undergoes. So naturally, this results in injury to the internal structures of your neck.
"Previous studies have described these as tensile, compressive, shear, and torque forces."
What is a Temporomandibular Disorder, and What Is Its Relationship to Whiplash?
One of the many types of long-term health implications of a soft tissue whiplash case could be TMD. In any event, there is much scientific evidence that a car accident with whiplash-like movements can bring on the onset of conditions like TMD.
Attorneys should not rule this out when searching for input codes for the Colossus liability insurance software.
- TMD is a cluster of disorders characterized by pain in the preauricular area. TMDs show many common features. The most common symptom shown right away is pain aggravated by chewing and related jaw functions.
What are the Most Common Symptoms of TMD?
Other symptoms of TMD can be:
- Jaw ache
- Pain in your face
Also, pain patients with these sad conditions will regularly have limited movement of the jaw. Sometimes it makes noise described as clicking, popping, grating, or crepitus. (Source.)
What is a Craniomandibular Disorder, and What is its Relationship to Whiplash?
Craniomandibular disorders (CMD) are a series of clinical dysfunctions involving masticatory muscles. But it could also affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or both.
- Science shows a strict relationship with other muscle-articular structures of your posture, neck, and head. (Source.)
If you notice symptoms like this after a car accident, or bad slip and fall, etc., you must immediately create a medical record. Next, you need to speak to a lawyer. In any event, the insurance industry will argue there is no relationship between your TMJ, etc., and the wreck.
But a medical expert hired by your lawyer may be able to show a causal connection and get your money for these injuries.
- How much money can you get? Well, that all depends upon your attorney and how bad you are hurt.
What is Your Risk of Whiplash? What do the Car Accident Statistics Show?
By far, car accidents are the primary way you get whiplash in the US.
- In fact, over 2.5 million people in the U.S. attended emergency rooms (ER) at hospitals in 2012.
- At least 200,000 people like you were admitted to hospitals during that same period in 2012.
What are the Average Costs of Hospitalization?
Believe it or not, the average cost of an ER visit is about $3,300.
But wait, there's more:
- What if you are admitted overnight or longer? What does that cost?
In fact, each hospitalization runs around $57,000 over your life. The best way to keep people safe and reduce medical costs is to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. With the advent of Uber, Lyft, and driver-less vehicles, we don't see auto accidents lessening any time soon.
Are there Reliable Statistics on Soft Tissue Whiplash Car Accidents?
In fact, in the USA, there is a lack of statistical data related to low speed or minor injury crash data on rear-ended vehicles. What is a low-speed accident, anyways?
Low speed is characterized by a vehicle struck:
At a delta-V, or speed change, less than or equal to 15 kilometers per hour.
While we await this data, we will continue to try and help your doctor, the jury, and courts to prove the potential ‘whiplash’ injury risks in these minor crashes.
How is Your Whiplash Injury Treated?
So what is the primary way to get better after you contract whiplash? Typically, your treatment includes:
- Pain medication
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Antidepressants like Serotonin reuptake inhibitors
- Muscle relaxants
- Cervical collars (read more.)
How Does Ehline Law Firm Work With Neck Injury Victims?
First off, we treat you like a friend, not just a file. Ehline Law Firm's ability to work with victims of accidents makes it one of the most respected injury firms. Our team of skilled attorneys specializes in whiplash injuries. So we can help with discovering the methods of recovery, both medical and financial.
Does Ehline Law Firm Fight the Insurance Companies for Victims?
We can work with or challenge your insurance company. Most of all, this is done to get the needed funds to cover your bills. After all, you may need cash both now and in the future.
Of particular interest, we can also work to get you:
- Signed up for worker’s compensation.
- We will do the same when seeking your unemployment or disability coverages.
So if needed, we can find alternative sources to:
- Pay your bills.
- At the same time, we hold the wild party causing such an injury responsible.
Furthermore, we work to avoid such an incident from happening again. Ultimately, the attorneys at the Ehline Law Firm stop at nothing to get justice for our clients.
How Does Ehline Law Firm Work With Scientific Experts?
We can put together the causes of the accident, including the level of fault of the other party. Hence, we work with accident technicians.
First off, we work to determine if:
- Weather conditions
- Light Signal Phasing
Or we look to see if some other factor or factors caused your whiplash and:
- See whether alcohol or other factors were factors.
- Advance pay for experts out of our pocket.
We do this to determine the responsibility of the crash. But all this directly relates to getting you the maximum compensation possible.
Does Ehline Work With the Medical Experts?
You bet we do. And if you have TMJ or TMD, we will fight to make sure your doctors document the cause of your conditions. We can find you, qualified medical professionals.
These people will ensure prompt and quality care and can front the money if needed. So Ehline Law Firm makes an extraordinary commitment to our clients.
- Also, we work on contingency, meaning that if you don’t recover, we don’t get paid. Our Southern California experts can meet with you seven days a week at any time of day.
Hence, we will visit you at home or the hospital if needed. Furthermore, we give you the advice and assistance that you need during your recovery. So you need every piece of support you can get. In conclusion, contact us today for a free, no-pressure sit-down. Speak with one of our legal experts. Call now (213) 596-9642.