In rear-impact car accidents, scorched tires and dented fenders are often not the only damage.
Each year, approximately 800,000 individuals sustain a whiplash injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Below, the experienced car accident attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson share their experience and explain what to do if you or a loved one suffers whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when an impact, such as from a rear-end collision, causes the neck to jerk back and forth. It’s the most common injury in car crashes.
Symptoms usually present within 24 hours of the accident. They include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion, dizziness, headaches, and pain in the upper back and shoulders.
Effects of Whiplash
While whiplash often resolves within a few weeks, some people suffer lingering, severe effects. Patients can show no visible damage but develop whiplash-associated disorders including chronic pain.
Pain that spreads to the arms or lower back or headaches at the time of the incident could indicate a more serious problem. Older individuals or those with a history of neck injury may be more likely to suffer lasting harm from whiplash.
The more serious effects of whiplash can linger for months or years. According to one study, one year after a minor road accident, subjects suffering from whiplash had recovered poorly compared to subjects with other minor injuries.
Moreover, up to 42 percent of whiplash patients can develop chronic pain syndrome.
What Can Whiplash Sufferers Do?
If you’ve developed chronic pain, sustained medical bills, lost wages, or suffered other physical and economic loss related to whiplash, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help.
It can be challenging to navigate insurance company paperwork while dealing with the physical and emotional impact of a car accident.
At Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson, we have a long history of successfully helping patients in car accidents get the compensation they deserve. While insurance companies are often motivated to settle a case as quickly as possible, we work hard to represent your best interests.
We can help you understand what your case is worth, so you don’t settle for an insurance payout that doesn’t cover your expenses. Plus, we know that rear-end collisions are all too common, and we want to assist those affected by reckless or negligent driving.
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