California Whiplash Attorneys
Although whiplash is considered one of the more “minor” injuries that can result from a car accident, it can result in devastating damages. Victims of whiplash injuries often face exorbitant medical bills, persistent physical pain and emotional anguish, and loss of ability to perform certain tasks, among other potentially life-halting consequences.
If you or someone you care about has sustained a whiplash injury in a motor vehicle crash caused by another party, it is highly advised that you consult with a reliable personal injury attorney right away. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our attorneys have many years of experience successfully resolving whiplash injury cases in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, and throughout all of California. Do not hesitate to give us a call at (800) 522-7274 to learn more about your rights and legal options. If you have a viable case, we can help you achieve the highest possible recovery for your damages.
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What Is Whiplash and What Are Its Effects?
Whiplash is an injury of the neck that occurs when a person’s head is rapidly jolted backward and forward by a sudden and violent force. It often happens to the occupants of a car when it is rear-ended by another car. The sudden force and rapid movement stretches and tears the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck and the cervical portion of the spine. Depending on the magnitude of the force of impact, whiplash can be mild to severe.
Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, worsening pain with neck movement, reduced range of motion in the neck, headache starting from the base of the skull, tenderness in the shoulder and upper back, tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue and dizziness. Some people also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears, irritability, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, memory loss and depression.
While most whiplash victims make a full recovery within three months, some people experience pain and discomfort throughout their remaining life. Studies have shown that between 15 and 40 percent of people who have sustained whiplash injuries develop chronic neck pain.
Whiplash occurs when a violent force causes an individual to suffer hyperextension (head jerked forward) or hyperflexion (head jerked backwards). The sudden movement may result in a cervical strain or sprain, or soft tissue injuries such as herniated disc, bulging disc, or damage to muscles and ligaments. Car accidents, especially rear end collisions, are notorious for causing whiplash.
The symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Difficulty turning neck
- Radiating neck pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- And more
Diagnosing whiplash or other soft tissue damage cases can sometimes be very challenging. The initial X-Ray may produce negative or normal results and symptoms may not make themselves apparent until several days have passed. If not treated in a timely fashion, symptoms may worsen and develop into serious debilitations.
Whatever the case, if you have been involved in a car accident and are experiencing neck pain, get a medical evaluation. If your first checkup is unsatisfactory, don’t hesitate to seek out a second opinion. Your first priority is your health.
Hidden Symptoms of Whiplash Can Be Serious
What Our California Whiplash Injury Attorney Says
Whiplash is the common term used for a neck injury that occurs when a person’s head is suddenly jerked backward and then forward with great force. It usually happens to the occupants of a car that is rear-ended by another car. The victim’s head forcibly snaps backward while his or her body gets thrown forward. The head then snaps forward instantly in a recoil motion. This backward and forward motion can damage the muscles and ligaments that support the neck, head, and jaws.
Common Causes of Whiplash Injuries in California
Whiplash is not caused only by fender benders. It can also be caused by a number of other activities, such as physical assault (being punched in the jaws and neck), collision while playing contact sports, horse riding accidents, cycling accidents, blow to the head with a heavy object, and falls. Women are more vulnerable to whiplash than men since their neck muscles are smaller. If you have suffered whiplash from any of these activities, talk to a personal injury attorney immediately to find out how you can seek compensation.
Injuries May Not Be Immediately Apparent
While whiplash victims usually feel some neck and shoulder pain immediately after the accident, they may not feel the full symptoms until a few hours or even a few days have passed because he or she will still be high on adrenaline, which can work as a painkiller. To complicate matters, the true extent of damages done to the neck and jaws are often not immediately apparent to the victim and even to the doctor, because injuries to soft tissues are not visible on x-rays.
In many whiplash cases, jaw joints along with the muscles that support the jaws are also damaged, causing them to go into spasms, which can be extremely painful. Since the damages done to the muscles are hard to detect, the physician looks for clues that include pain in and around the jaw joints, clicking or popping of the jaw joints, locking or limited opening of the mouth, and difficulty bringing the teeth together.
Diagnosis of Whiplash
Your doctor will ask you questions about your injury, such as how it occurred, exactly where you feel the pain, and whether the pain is sharp, shooting, or dull. Physical examinations may include asking you to move your neck to check the range of motion and probing with the hand to find areas of tenderness. The doctor may also order an X-ray to see if the pain is connected to other types of injuries and diseases. He may also order CT scan, MRI scan, and other tests to assess damages and inflammations of the soft tissues of the muscles of the neck and jaws, the nerves, and the spinal cord.
Complications Associated with Whiplash
In rare cases, victims may experience long-term complications that include chronic pain in the joints and headaches for many years.
Treatment of Whiplash
While whiplash injuries can be very painful and keep you awake at night, the treatments are often simple. You can treat mild to moderate cases of whiplash with over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol and aspirin. You may even use ice to treat mild whiplashes. If you have suffered a more serious form of whiplash, you may require prescription painkillers (to ease the pain) and muscle relaxants (to reduce muscle spasms).
Treatment of severe whiplash may also include physical therapy sessions of a few weeks to a few months in addition to medication. Your doctor may also recommend practicing good posture and relaxation techniques to hasten the recovery process. Never ignore the hidden symptoms of whiplash; they can have dangerous consequences. While seeking medical attention, don’t forget to call a reputable personal injury attorney to file a claim.
California Whiplash Lawyer: Winning Your Claim
Since the opposing insurance company will most likely dispute your claim, you will have to prove the other driver’s liability along with the extent of your damages in order to get the full and fair compensation you deserve. Our resourceful injury lawyers can help you establish a strong foundation of evidence for your claim by:
- Analyzing police and medical reports
- Consulting with medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists, and other relevant experts
- Gathering witness statements
- Collecting photos and, if applicable, video footage
Remember, the sooner we can get started on your claim, the better. Contact Wilshire Law Firm ASAP for the best chance at an optimal case outcome.
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