Did You Suffer from Whiplash After a Car Accident? Give Our Attorneys A Call!
Were you diagnosed with whiplash after a car accident? Whiplash is a type of injury caused by sudden and impactful force. It might occur from either a sports accident, related physical activity, or more commonly a car crash. When your head thrusts forward and back in a whip-like motion, your entire body might feel the impact of its damage.
Because neck injuries can vary in severity and have a lasting impact on your health, it’s important to reach out to an accident injury lawyer as soon as possible. We can help you determine whether your injuries were caused by negligence and help you recover for damages.
Can Whiplash Be Serious?
There are various reasons why you might have a neck sprain or neck strain injury. Rear-end accidents are the most common cause of whiplash with chronic pain. In fact, whiplash injuries have become so prominent across the U.S. that most cars are equipped with prevention technology to reduce the risks.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, companies have improved their technology by:
- Installing quality headrests that are positioned closer to the occupant’s head.
- Optimizing head restraints to absorb impact following rear-end accidents.
- Modifying the seat safety designs to limit how much your body moves upon impact.
Having active head restraints often reduces the severity of the neck injury but does not prevent it from happening entirely. What most clients don’t know is that the neck is lined with sensitive tissue and nerves. The slightest injury can affect spinal discs, vertebrae, other ligaments, and tendons resulting in an expensive months-long recovery.
These types of injuries are very serious. Once you’ve received medical treatment after your accident, reach out to a car accident lawyer for a full case evaluation.
Does Whiplash Happen Right Away?
This soft-tissue injury impacts over 3 million adults each year. But many victims will tell you a very different account of when they began to experience symptoms. Typically, they are not immediate. It could take a few days before you notice any of the following:
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in ears
- Headaches, migraines
- Have a hard time concentrating
- Feelings of irritability
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Limited range of motion
- Worsening pain
- Ringing in ears
- Any changes affecting your back, shoulders, arms
A medical professional can give you more insight into what muscles are injured in whiplash accidents. Depending on when symptoms arise, they can best recommend a treatment plan that suits your needs.
How Doctors Diagnose Whiplash
With any accident, our attorneys recommend seeing a doctor during the same day to assess your health. Taking preventative measures can give you peace of mind and prevent the risk of fatalities.
Because whiplash has delayed symptoms and often mimics other medical conditions, diagnostic tests like an X-Ray or MRI are unlikely to pick up on the injury. The damages are often minuscule immediately after the collision. Other methods of assessment that could give them an idea of possible head and damage include:
- Your ability to move your neck and shoulders
- Determining if you feel numbness and tingling in the limbs
- If your neck, shoulders, or back are tender to touch
You Deserve Compensation for Treatment Costs
The most common settlement reached for whiplash injuries ranges between $2,000 and $10,000 for medical expenses, chiropractic care, lost wages, and restitution for changes to your quality of life. Whiplash injuries affect everyone differently. At Gutierrez Law, most clients often have to take time off work to rest, ice damaged muscles, and attend rehabilitative therapy.
You should not have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses for any accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether the accident happened because of an internal defect, from distraction, or pure carelessness, we’ve got you covered. When you reach out to a member of our law firm, we will provide you with the resources you need.
About The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez
Our law firm specializes in helping those injured due to an accident or someone else’s negligence.
Navigating the insurance agencies and legal framework for compensation can be difficult, especially if English is not your first language. That’s why you should call the bilingual lawyers of The Law Offices of Oscar H Gutierrez to make sure you are compensated for your pain and suffering. Don’t leave your medical bills and property damage to chance; instead, hire a law firm that can win you the maximum settlement.
Contact our office for a free consultation at 323-999-3500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.