Car Accidents Resulting In Whiplash
Car accidents frequently result in injuries, property damage, and financial losses. Even a seemingly minor accident can cause painful injuries, such as whiplash. Whiplash can affect the ligaments, muscles, and nerves of the neck.
It is important that car accident victims take whiplash seriously, as it can lead to long-term pain if it is not treated properly. The car accident lawyers at Froerer & Miles understand the full extent of damages that a whiplash injury can cause. They are prepared to help their South Ogden, UT clients fight for maximum compensation for losses stemming from a car accident resulting in whiplash.
What Causes Whiplash?
Whiplash can occur when the head is forcefully thrown in a back and forth motion, like the motion of a whip. This rapid movement places strain on the bones and discs of the upper spine, and on the muscles, ligaments, and nerves within the neck. While any type of accident that places force on the head can result in whiplash, a car accident is one of the most common causes of this injury.
Whiplash does not always result in noticeable symptoms right away. It is especially common following a car accident for adrenaline to be pumping, which can mask any pain of a whiplash injury. However, in the hours and days following a car accident, the muscles and tendons in the neck can become inflamed, which should make whiplash symptoms obvious.
Some of the most common whiplash symptoms experienced by our Layton clients include:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Difficulty turning or moving the neck
- Pain in the shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Tingling in the arms
- Headache (most likely near the base of the skull)
Treating Whiplash Injuries
We advise all individuals who are involved in a car accident to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Although pain and other symptoms may not be immediately apparent, whiplash injuries should be taken seriously. The earlier that these injuries are treated, the sooner that people will begin to feel better, and the less likely it is that they will suffer from long-term pain or neck stiffness.
With timely treatment, most people recover from whiplash injuries within a few weeks. Treatment for whiplash injuries will vary based on the severity of the injury and the patient’s symptoms, but common techniques include:
- Physical therapy
- Pain and/or anti-inflammatory medication
- Chiropractic care
- The use of a neck brace
Seeking Compensation for Damages
When whiplash is the result of a car accident that was caused by another person, the liable party should be held accountable for all injury damages. Losses associated with a whiplash injury may include medical expenses, physical therapy and/or rehabilitation costs, lost wages (most people need to limit activities as they recover from whiplash), and pain and suffering. The car accident lawyers at Froerer & Miles consider all aspects of accident losses when seeking compensation for our South Ogden clients.
Contact Froerer & Miles
Car accident victims deserve compensation for the full extent of damages stemming from a collision, and the lawyers at Froerer & Miles can help them get it. If you have been involved in an accident and would like to discuss the details with our legal team, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call (801) 621-2690.