Many people think of whiplash as a sore neck, but whiplash can be a serious medical condition, causing long-term pain and disability. Many whiplash victims are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to whiplash injuries resulting in loss of income to their families. Whiplash is often caused by automobile accidents where someone else is at fault. Pain, suffering, and financial stress are often the outcome of whiplash injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered whiplash injuries, you should seek advice from a qualified Colorado whiplash attorney to determine whether you are eligible for compensation for your injury-related expenses and losses.
A sudden jerking motion of the head can cause whiplash injuries. Rear-end automobile accidents are the primary cause of whiplash injuries, although whiplash injuries may result from many other types accidents. When a vehicle is hit from behind in a rear-end car accident, the victim’s body is thrown forward, but the head and body lag behind. When the head and neck finally move forward with the body, the neck is hyper-extended, causing a whiplash injury. Automobile and motorcycle accident victims can experience whiplash even in low-impact collisions.
Many automobile accident victims do not realize they have whiplash until a few days after their accident. It can take 24 hours or more before symptoms appear. Whiplash symptoms include:
If you suffer any of these symptoms after an automobile, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle accident, you should see a doctor right away. Whiplash may heal more quickly with prompt medical treatment. Diagnosis of whiplash can be difficult. As with any soft tissue injury, whiplash injuries may not appear on standard diagnostic tests, in which case your doctor may treat you for whiplash based upon your symptoms.
The severity and extent of whiplash injuries determine the treatment. Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications in addition to heat or ice therapy may be all that is needed for mild whiplash injuries. More severe whiplash injuries may require prescription medications, physical therapy, and other long-term medical treatments. Milder cases of whiplash may heal within a few weeks while more serious whiplash injuries may take months or years to heal. In extreme cases, whiplash victims may suffer permanent pain and disability.
Treatment for moderate and severe whiplash injuries can be very expensive and time-consuming, particularly if you experience traumatic brain injury or other injuries from whiplash. Additionally, it can be difficult to prove that an automobile accident or other accident caused your whiplash injuries. Even if you can prove someone else was at fault for your whiplash injuries, the insurance company may offer an insufficient settlement amount to cover your losses. This is why it is important to seek medical treatment soon after your accident and consult a Colorado whiplash lawyer before accepting an insurance settlement.
The Fowler Law Firm has extensive experience handling whiplash injury cases and other automobile accident cases. We are knowledgeable about the inner workings of insurance companies, allowing us negotiate a fair settlement for our clients. Please our office in Ft. Collins, Colorado at (970) 232-3322 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a no-cost review of your whiplash case.