One of the most common types of car accidents, the rear-end collision, is also the most frequent cause for the classic accident injury: whiplash. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that occurs when the body is thrown forward from the impact of a collision from behind, while the person’s neck remains in place. This awkward motion can cause the neck to become hyper-extended backward which leads to the whiplash injury. Once the automobile comes to a stop, the neck is then propelled forward. This type of accident involves severe trauma to the neck, leaving the accident victim in significant pain.
Causes of Whiplash
The reason a whiplash injury occurs in automobile accidents is that the sudden, abrupt motion of the impact forces the neck area beyond its normal range of motion. When this normal range of motion is exceeded, many possible injuries can occur. Some of these injuries may be minor to moderate in seriousness, while others can be so serious that they will never be fully healed. In either case, the nature of the injury may not be readily apparent immediately following the accident. It is therefore very important to monitor your condition for at least a week following a car accident.
Whiplash injuries normally involve a strain of the muscles and the tearing of ligaments and tendons from the rapid motion that follows being hit by another car. Typically, the symptoms of whiplash start to become apparent within 24 hours from the time of the accident. The symptoms of whiplash include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, neck pain and stiffness and unusual levels of fatigue.
If you are lucky, these symptoms will dissipate over a short period of time, such as a few weeks. Long-term whiplash sufferers, however, might also experience problems with concentration and memory, severe neck and shoulder pain, insomnia, irritability and ringing in the ears. In these cases, seeing a physician is recommended, particularly where the pain spreads to the shoulders or arms, if it is painful to move your head, or if you experience weakness or numbness in your arms.
Treatment for Whiplash
The most common forms of whiplash can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications. The more severe forms of whiplash, however, do require a doctor’s visit for treatment. Where, for example, severe neck pain never goes away or where tingling, numbness or pain continues despite use of pain relievers over the course of several days, it is recommended to seek medical advice.
It is also important to seek treatment for whiplash in order to document your injury for legal purposes. Medical personnel will develop records of your condition througout the course of your treatment which can then be used at a later time to seek recovery from the liable party for medical expenses and other losses.
Treatment for whiplash will certainly involve the use of pain relieving medications such as Tylenol, Advil or aspirin. In addition, it is often advisable to undergo physical therapy to treat the condition. Physical therapy will usually include the application of ice or heat to the area that was injured. In addition, there are a number of exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility that are generally recommended. Sometimes, foam collars are used to restrict movement of the neck and to keep it stable while it heals.
Whiplash Can Be Serious
Because whiplash can cause an accident victim substantial pain and suffering, either temporarily or permanently, it is important to get the medical and legal help needed to recover as much as possible physically and to obtain the compensation that is appropriate under the circumstances. If your are suffering from whiplash, contact the El Dabe Law Firm for the legal assistance you need to obtain the financial relief to which you are entitled. The attorneys at the El Dabe Law Firm have enjoyed many years of success in advocating for our clients and in getting them all of the compensation they deserved.
Legal Expertise Against The Insurance Company
It isn’t surprising that the insurers for at-fault drivers do not want to pay you what you are entitled to for your accident-related losses. Instead, insurance companies will create many obstacles to prevent you from recovering your damages, even though the negligence of their insured was clearly the cause of the accident that caused you harm. Only by hiring effective counsel to represent you all the way to trial, if necessary, will the insurance companies be willing to offer you total compensation for your losses. At the El Dabe Law Firm, we won’t stop until we have obtained the best possible result in your case.