Getting hurt in a car accident can be physically painful, emotionally traumatizing, and financially damaging. According to the National Security Council (NSC), a staggering 4.5 million accident injuries required medical consultation in the U.S. in 2018.
One common accident injury is whiplash. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, this condition can mirror other medical problems, so people with whiplash are advised to see their health care provider, who can offer a proper diagnosis and confirm if whiplash is present.
What Whiplash Is
According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a neck injury that happens due to the forceful and rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. Whiplash injuries commonly occur in rear-end car accidents. While whiplash can heal within a few weeks, some accident victims may suffer from chronic whiplash and other long-term or permanent health consequences after suffering this type of injury.
If you have severe whiplash and other injuries due to another driver’s reckless actions, you could seek to hold them accountable and possibly receive compensation for your injuries. A Boston whiplash accident lawyer can advise you on your legal options and next steps. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at 800-959-1444 for a free consultation.
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Signs and Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury
A whiplash injury is not always immediately discovered because it can take a few days to develop. You may not realize that you have a whiplash injury immediately after a car accident. This is why it is crucial to see your doctor after an accident, even if you feel your injuries are minor or that you do not have any injuries at all. Delayed pain is a symptom of quite a few accident injuries, including herniated discs and spinal injuries.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- A stiff and painful neck
- Loss of range of neck motion
- Upper back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Pain radiating into the shoulders and upper arms
- Dizziness or vertigo
- “Pins and needles” sensation and numbness
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
Symptoms of whiplash might appear after a day or two. Your doctor will most likely order diagnostic imaging tests, such as an MRI or a CT scan, to assess whether you suffered any additional damage to your spinal cord or nerves.
If you have only mild whiplash, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers and/or muscle relaxers and encourage you to rest. You may have to attend physical therapy and consult with a chiropractor for special whiplash treatment. You might also need a temporary collar to keep your neck stable.
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Complications with Whiplash Injuries
Unfortunately, not all whiplash injuries are harmless and heal without complications. Some people experience headaches and chronic pain for years after an accident. In other cases, serious whiplash can cause long-term mobility issues and stiffness in the neck.
Severe whiplash can also lead to degenerative disc disease with long-term pain and numbness. While some of the chronic pain accident victims have can come from damaged discs and ligaments, sometimes doctors have no explanation for chronic whiplash pain.
The effects of whiplash can be devastating as well as costly for people who have it. If you are suffering from severe and chronic effects from whiplash after an accident that was someone else’s fault, you have the option of speaking with a Boston whiplash accident lawyer to find out if you could recover compensation for your injuries.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today so that we can speak with you about your accident. You can ask questions and share the details of your situation during a free consultation.
Compensation After a Whiplash Injury
Whiplash can have adverse health effects on some accident victims and cause long-term loss of range of motion and pain, among other complications. If you are struggling with severe whiplash and suffered other injuries in an accident that happened due to another’s recklessness, you have most likely missed work and had to pay for expensive medical bills. However, you could have legal recourse and hold the at-fault party to account for your losses and suffering.
Some of the types of compensation you could receive are:
- Loss of income and loss of future income
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic treatments
- Medical accessories such as a collar and others
You could also receive noneconomic damages, particularly if your injuries are severe, if you need extensive treatments, or have debilitating chronic health issues.
Noneconomic damages have no tangible dollar value, so it can be challenging to calculate amounts for this kind of compensation. However, a Boston whiplash accident lawyer can help you adequately assess noneconomic damages that you might have, including:
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of range of motion and function
- Loss of companionship
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
You could also receive other economic and noneconomic damages, depending on your case.
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Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Can Fight for You
When you are hurt in a traumatic accident, perhaps the last thing you want to do while recovering is dealing with a lawsuit and any potential costs arising from legal action. However, if you work with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we charge no upfront costs and work on a “no win, no fee” basis.
If we take charge of your lawsuit, we deal with all the paperwork and gather the evidence needed to build your case as you recover from your injuries.
A Boston whiplash accident lawyer can fight for you. We aim to negotiate a fair settlement that covers your present and future costs. We can also help you with an out-of-court settlement or with a court case, depending on what would be most helpful in your situation.
Proving negligence can sometimes be challenging, but we leave no stone unturned to fight for your rights. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, property damage, and the resulting bills, they should pay, and not you.
Acting promptly is critical to making sure your case receives the attention it deserves. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, now at 800-959-1444 for a free review of your case.