“Whiplash” is the term for a neck injury resulting from a rapid and forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the movement of a whip. It can occur in situations such as a vehicle accident (especially a rear-end crash), a sports accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or an incident of assault.
According to medical estimates, there are about 120,000 cases of whiplash each year in the US. People who have sustained this injury suffer from health complaints that cannot be ignored such as neck pain and headaches. In some of these cases conditions can be chronic.
A whiplash injury requires medication and related treatments. In addition, it may result in missed work, disruption of activities, and changes in lifestyle. For people who have sustained this injury in an accident caused by someone else, obtaining compensation will greatly help with their expenses.
However, whiplash symptoms may not immediately manifest themselves after an accident, and this can affect a victim’s claim. It is therefore important for accident victims to know about whiplash and how to effectively claim compensation for it.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash may develop as early as 24 hours or as late as several days after an accident. Sometimes, it may appear only as a very minor injury, with victims only detecting a slight discomfort. The following are some common symptoms of whiplash:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Headaches, usually originating at the base of the skull
- Shoulder pain or tenderness
- Upper back pain or tenderness
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
In some cases, other signs may show:
- Blurred vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory problems
Immediate medical attention is always crucial after an accident. Even if injuries look slight at first, a doctor or medical professional should be able to determine if a victim needs further examination for whiplash or other neck or spine injuries.
Ohio Whiplash Injury Claims
Sometimes it make sense for victims to file an insurance claim to obtain compensation for a whiplash injury,. However, many make the mistake of delaying their medical treatment, and this makes it easy for a claims adjuster to undermine the seriousness of the injury. Thus, for an effective insurance claim, it is essential for an injury victim to get medical care as soon as possible and to keep all medical documentation pertaining to the injury.
In certain accident cases, a lawsuit may be necessary for an accident victim to collect damages. For instance, an insurance company may wrongfully deny the victim’s claim, or the person at-fault may not have insurance at all.
Whether making an insurance claim or considering a lawsuit, it is best for a whiplash injury victim to consult a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling such injury cases.
Experienced Whiplash Injury Lawyer
If you have been in an accident and have symptoms of whiplash, the Fitch Law Firm can help you determine if you need to involve a personal injury attorney. If we take on your case, we will work with doctors and specialists who can provide the treatment you need and help us build a strong case for you. Our firm is also proficient in dealing with insurance companies – we have three decades of experience in handling negotiations in cases like yours.
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