If you recently were involved in a car accident in which another driver struck the rear of your vehicle, then you may have suffered whiplash. This is a type of neck injury which can be painful and possibly result in long-term disability. It can have a major impact on your physical and mental health, leading to medical expenses and extended days away from work.
If you have suffered whiplash in any type of accident, you should get legal help in addition to medical care and treatment. You may be entitled to recovery of personal injury damages, workers’ compensation benefits or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
The lawyers of Marks & Harrison can review your case and guide you through your options. Call or reach us online today for a free consultation. We serve clients in Richmond and communities throughout Virginia.
As the North American Spine Society (NASS) explains, whiplash occurs when one’s head is suddenly thrust forward and backward while one’s body stays in place. This violent, whip-like motion stretches muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue in the neck. It can also cause nerve damage in the neck, or cervical area of the spine.
A whiplash injury may be immediately apparent to a victim due to severe, stabbing pain. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, many signs and symptoms do not show until a day or so later. These indications include:
If you experience any of these symptoms after being in a car accident or any other type of accident, you should go to the emergency room or see your family doctor as soon as possible. It is important to be diagnosed and started on a course of treatment.
You should also consult with an attorney who has experience with helping whiplash victims in their pursuit of benefits and compensation. A personal injury lawyer can play a crucial role in your recovery.
When you see a doctor, make sure to explain how your whiplash symptoms arose. Knowing that you were in a rear-end car accident, for instance, can help the doctor to understand your symptoms and make a proper diagnosis.
The doctor may perform a physical examination of you. The doctor may also order imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans, which can help to identify the nature of the injury. In some cases, a test called electromyography may be used to identify nerve damage.
The treatment you receive will depend on the severity of your whiplash injury. It could include:
Some whiplash victims may choose alternative forms of treatment offered by chiropractors.
According to the NASS, the majority of people who suffer whiplash recover within a few days or weeks. However, roughly 10 percent of whiplash victims will experience chronic pain that can cause significant physical and emotional issues, including depression.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of whiplash injuries, the NASS reports. Rear-end crashes, in particular, cause victims in the lead vehicle to suffer this type of injury. This is true for two main reasons:
According to the NASS, whiplash can also be experienced by those who are involved in head-on collisions and side-impact crashes as well.
In addition to motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls also commonly cause whiplash injuries. The same unusual movement of the neck that occurs in a crash can happen when one falls (or tries to avoid a fall). These injuries often arise in the workplace or due to dangerous property conditions such as slippery floors, uneven walking surfaces, poor lighting or broken stairs.
It is crucial to have your case thoroughly investigated if you have suffered whiplash in a motor vehicle accident. At Marks & Harrison, we can put our experienced investigators onto your case right away and identify why your crash occurred and who should be held liable.
For instance, if you suffered whiplash in a rear-end accident, it may have been due to the negligence of the driver in the trailing vehicle such as:
We can carefully prepare your case and seek a full and fair settlement of your personal injury claim from the at-fault driver’s insurance company or, if needed, we can pursue compensation through your own uninsured / underinsured (UM / UIM) policy. This compensation can cover:
Our role as your lawyers is to also explore all other options for you. These options may include:
At Marks & Harrison, we take whiplash injuries seriously. We want to play a role in your recovery. Contact us today to talk about your case in a free, timely and confidential consultation. We can meet at our Richmond office or in any of our other offices found throughout Virginia. We will review the facts of your case and go over all of your options for seeking the benefits and other compensation you deserve.
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