Whiplash injuries are normally caused by car accidents but can result from other accidents including pool and water injuries, and are usually dealt with, without legal representation. But with injuries like whiplash where it’s quite common for there to be delayed pain, retaining legal representation becomes an important step in the process toward your recovery.
Whiplash is when the head is thrown in an unnatural direction or moves beyond its natural range of motion during an accident. More commonly, a car accident. It’s painful, and your medical bills could be covered when an experienced attorney is on your case.
What are some of the primary symptoms?
Stiffness or pain in your neck, head or jaw
Lower back pain
Numbness or stiffness in your arms or hands
Dizziness or memory problems
Whiplash is one of those injuries that is hard to prove due to the lack of visual evidence so it will have to be verified by a medical professional. This is why immediately, even before you seek out legal representation, visiting a medical professional is so important. But that’s not the only reason why going to a doctor afterwards is such a good idea. First off, building a solid case hinges on having a trail of your medical records, to display the history of your pain or discomfort. Most of these injuries heal within three months, but 15 to 20 percent of the time victims suffer long term damage.
How should it be treated?
Most of the time, minor neck or head pain from a whiplash injury can be treated with general over the counter medication. With more serious injuries, it may be necessary to visit a doctor that specializes in this type of pain, like a chiropractor. In some cases, an X-ray, CT scan or an MRI may be necessary.
How can we help?
First off, the thing to keep in mind in avoiding this injury is prevention. And the most effective prevention techniques are wearing your seatbelt each and every time you get on the road, making sure your headrest lines up evenly with your head to restrict its motion in the case of an accident, and as always, drive safely. It is after all, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Aside from that, the attorneys at Hardison Wood have extensive experience with motor vehicle accidents and the injuries that arise from them. Like we mentioned earlier, it can be difficult to establish a case around a whiplash injury because of the lack of physical evidence, that’s why you need a seasoned attorney to help you sort out these issues and get you the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. If you’ve recently been a victim of a whiplash injury, and you’re not sure where to turn, give us a call.