The sudden impact of a car accident can lead to multiple types of injuries, however, whiplash is one of the most common injuries reported.
Whiplash can occur in most any type of accident, but rear-end accidents most notably result in whiplash injuries. The sudden jerking back-and-forth of an individual’s neck similar to that of cracking a whip is what causes whiplash. The American Chiropractic Association notes that the muscles, tendons and ligaments within the neck can all be strained thus resulting in this type of serious neck injury.
According to a 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey more than 2.3 million persons visited the emergency room for a sprain or strain of the neck or back in 2010.
Although whiplash can be caused by other events such as contact sports, it is more commonly related to auto accidents. In Texas, more than 58,000 injury-related accidents were reported and more than 80,000 people suffered a serious injury. According to the Texas Department of Transportation a person was injured every 2 minutes and 58 seconds.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Our experienced auto accident attorneys can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim, and if so, how to proceed with the case.
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Symptoms of Whiplash
Upon impact with another vehicle some people might experience pain and brush it off, others may not notice the true side-effects of a car crash impact until days after the crash. Neck pain, particularly if you have been rear-ended, is common which is why everyone should know how to identify if they have actually suffered whiplash.
Some common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck Pain
- Stiffness in the Injured Areas
- Blurred Vision
- Cognitive Problems
- Muscle Spasms
- Ringing in the Ears
- Difficulty Sleeping
The number of people who experienced whiplash due to a car crash is difficult to note as victims tends to either brush off the symptoms or do not report the injury. It is important that anyone who believes they have been injured during an accident seed medical care right away.
Whiplash is commonly diagnosed by examining the head and neck area as well as through x-rays in order to real out a bone fracture or other type of neck injury.
To treat whiplash a doctor may prescribe over-the-counter pain medication, muscle relaxants and in some cases injections to treat the muscle spasms that commonly occur with this type of injury.
The most important part of treatment however is physical therapy which could include the use of ice and heat and ultrasound therapy. As a patient continues to renew neck movement they may also engage in neck exercises to help stretch and strengthen the neck.
Whiplash can commonly take a few months to heal however if abnormalities arise a person could experience chronic pain and issues for months to years.
Contact Our Birmingham Auto Accident Lawyers Today
Whiplash is an unfortunate injury that cannot be prevented which may be why it is such a common injury experienced by those involved in a car crash. If you or a loved one has suffered from whiplash due to another driver’s carelessness, our attorneys can help you fight for the fair and just compensation you deserve.
The talented team of attorneys at Arguello, Hope & Associates can help guide you through the entire litigation process and provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case. We are proud to serve accident injury victims throughout the United States with several offices located throughout the country including:
Contact our office today at 1-800-68-CLAIM (1-888-252-4668) or locally at 281-532-5529 to get connect with one of our experienced lawyers. Our dedicated intake members will connect you with one of our attorneys best suited in handling your claim and your initial case consultation is free and of no-obligation to you.
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