the truth behind the notorious injury

Most of us are familiar with the concept of whiplash injuries. Typically, we associate them with uncomfortable neck braces and back pain. Film and television notoriously portray whiplash as a scam run on undeserving motorists for a quick buck. However, whiplash injuries are nothing to take lightly. In fact, these injuries can cause chronic and debilitating pain that drastically impacts a person’s quality of life. Of course, these kinds of injuries are extremely common in car accident cases. Still, most people do not truly realize just how prevalent whiplash injuries really are.

DID YOU KNOW: Over 2 million Americans will experience whiplash each year, according to Rush University Medical Center.

There are a lot of misconceptions about whiplash injuries. Not only about how they happen, but how they impact the victims, and how to effectively file a claim. At lowercase, the skilled personal injury lawyers are committed to providing those who have suffered whiplash injuries with comprehensive and supportive legal guidance. If you or someone you know has been injured in a rollover accident, call now 833-LOW-FEE5 (833-569-3335) for a free evaluation.

knowing the symptoms of whiplash injuries

Firstly, it is essential that you be able to identify the symptoms of whiplash injuries. In many cases, the pain is pretty noticeable. However, this is not always the case. Moreover, some people simply do not know how to recognize the warning signs. The common symptoms of whiplash injuries may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Tightness in the neck
  • Muscles feel hard or knotted
  • Pain in the shoulder or between shoulder blades
  • Reduction in range of motion in the neck
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain or stiffness when moving your head
  • Tenderness
  • Headaches at the base of the skull
  • Sleep issues

Sometimes, the pain of a neck strain is immediate. In other cases, it can take several hours or days before your neck begins to hurt. Therefore, even if you do not feel the effects of whiplash right away, you should still contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to begin processing your claim.

The blow that causes neck strain can sometimes cause a concussion, too. A concussion can turn serious very quickly. Therefore, you need to see a doctor immediately. If you experience any of the following, seek emergency medical care:

  • Headache worsens or persists
  • Experience weakness or trouble talking
  • Suffer confusion
  • Feel dizzy
  • Experience nausea
  • Feel excessively sleepy
  • Become unconscious
  • Pain begins to spread
  • Numbness or weakness in arms

A physician will perform a thorough examination to diagnose neck strain. This may include other tests, such as:

  • X-rays
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

If you suffer whiplash injuries due to someone else’s negligence, it is possible to receive compensation for all of the above tests. Remember, many conditions such as whiplash injuries, back strain, and other soft tissue injuries do not become immediately obvious. Do not wait to seek representation.

it doesn't have to be a car accident

A popular misconception is that whiplash only happens in connection with car crashes. However, there are a variety of situations that can lead to whiplash injuries. In fact, a neurosurgeon can tell you that whiplash injuries can actually happen at any time, pretty much anywhere.

Typically, these injuries do result from front impact or rear impact car accidents. It makes sense since this is a situation where excessive force abruptly jerks a body forward or backward. The same can be said for slips and falls. Additionally, high impact sports create recurrent causes of whiplash injuries, including:

  • Football
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Gymnastics
  • Boxing

Furthermore, it actually doesn’t take much force to cause whiplash. For instance, many car accidents that result in whiplash injuries happen at speeds as low as 5-10 mph. While some insurers would try to argue that these are fraudulent claims, there are actually engineering experts that work on cases to prove low-speed collision injuries. Of course, the cause of your claim and the details of the accident will dictate how you should pursue litigation.

remember the NEXT steps

If you suffer whiplash injuries as the result of an automobile accident, chances are you will be in a lot of pain at the scene. At the moment, it can be difficult to know what you should do to properly document the incident. Still, anything you can do at the scene to protect your rights is valuable to your claim. Thankfully, lowercase has a brief system to help you remember the next steps to take following an accident.

First, if possible, move yourself or your vehicle to safety. Then, follow these NEXT steps:

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do you need a lawyer?

Seeking damages for whiplash injuries can be a complex process. Typically, victims who try to represent themselves often fail to file viable claims against liable parties. In the event that the victim does manage to reach settlement negotiations, most often they do not have the understanding or experience to work toward a favorable outcome. Without a professional personal injury lawyer, most victims end up taking whatever they can get, instead of what they deserve.

Remember, insurance companies will want to quickly investigate the claim. It is their job to avoid paying damages. Sadly, they do not have your best interests in mind. It is important to have an expert that is on your side.

With a lowercase whiplash injury attorney, you have access to a scholarly professional with intricate knowledge of the legal system. Not only will a lawyer be able to confirm your claim, but they can take action on your behalf to seek the best possible outcome. Our team will examine all relevant documentation and offer clear and compassionate support throughout the process. Let us help you assess the full cost of your recovery before you settle.

call us today

lowercase personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you. Let us do the work to get the justice you need today. Call now 833-LOW-FEE5 (833-569-3335) and ask about our lowercase fee.

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