Collecting Compensation for Whiplash



Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck is quickly snapped forward or backward after a sudden impact. This movement can then cause the muscles and ligaments in the neck and upper back to stretch or even tear. For this reason, car accident victims are particularly at-risk of suffering from whiplash, especially when they are rear-ended by another vehicle. Although some whiplash injuries are relatively minor and completely heal within a few weeks of the date of the accident, others can take months or even years to fully heal. 

Common Symptoms

Whiplash is characterized by specific symptoms, which could include some or all of the following:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headaches;
  • A reduced range of motion in the neck;
  • Neck pain and stiffness;
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands; and
  • Sleep disturbances. 

When a person suffers from whiplash, his or her course of treatment depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the injury and the age and general health of the patient. However, there are some types of treatment that are generally considered to be effective for less serious whiplash injuries, including:

  • Performing gentle exercises and stretches;
  • Physical therapy sessions aimed at helping strengthen muscles, improve posture, and restore normal movement;
  • Using a traction device;
  • Receiving injections of lidocaine to numb the affected area; and
  • Icing on a regular basis. 

However, those suffering from especially severe whiplash may need to rely exclusively on physical therapy, pain relievers, and professional massage.

Collecting Compensation 

CT scans and MRIs are usually required to officially diagnose injuries more serious than whiplash, such as a herniated disc. These types of scans are notoriously expensive, especially for those who do not have insurance. These costs, combined with those associated with physical therapy, follow-up appointments, prescription medications, and specialized medical equipment can quickly overwhelm a person’s finances. Fortunately, when an injured party can establish that another person’s negligence contributed to or caused an accident, he or she may be able to collect compensation for:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of income;
  • Property damage; and
  • Pain and suffering. 

To help with your claim, it is helpful for injured parties to maintain all medical records received related to their diagnosis and treatment, such as medical reports, receipts, billing statements, and MRI and CT scans.   Typically, an injury lawyer or law office will order their own set of records and bills, but it is still better to retain anything you personally receive from a medical facility and send a copy to your legal counsel.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today 

Whiplash can be an extremely painful and debilitating injury. Victims often suffer from chronic pain for years, which can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks or sustain employment. Serious whiplash injuries have even been linked to depression and insomnia, which can lead to additional pain and suffering and medical bills. Fortunately, negligent and reckless parties can be held responsible for their actions and be required to compensate victims for their losses. However, the process of demonstrating fault can be difficult, so if you were involved in a car accident or a slip & fall and suffered whiplash as a result, please contact the legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. today. We are dedicated to addressing your questions or concerns at any time and make ourselves available to you on a 24/7 basis by phone, email, and live chat. 

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