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What Are Some Telling Signs of Whiplash After a Car Accident?

Posted on behalf of Anderson Cummings on Feb 18, 2020 in Auto Accidents

woman-in-bed-pink-shirt-holding neckOne of the most common types of injuries that accident victims sustain from car accidents is whiplash. While this injury is sometimes considered much less severe than something like a broken bone or brain injury, whiplash can be very painful and cause long-term problems for the victim.

By knowing the signs of whiplash, accident victims may be more likely to seek medical attention to try to prevent complications or long-term disability.

An experienced Fort Worth auto accident lawyer from Anderson Cummings may be able to help you pursue compensation and walk you through each step of the claims process.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck that causes damage to the intervertebral joints, ligaments, discs, cervical muscles or nerve roots. It is commonly caused by a sudden forward and backward jerking motion that occurs during a car accident, particularly a rear-end accident.

Whiplash is characterized by several symptoms that occur following an accident, which are identified below.

Symptoms of Whiplash

It may take a day or longer for symptoms to be felt after the accident. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident, watch out for the following symptoms that may indicate whiplash:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Pain in the shoulder, between the shoulder blades or in the lower back
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Tenderness in the shoulders, upper back or arms
  • Worsening neck pain when moving
  • Limited range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches that start at the base of the skull
  • Tinnitus
  • Sleeping problems
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression

Steps to Take After an Accident

If you were involved in a car accident and believe that you may have suffered whiplash, it is important that you seek medical treatment immediately. This important step could help prevent serious complications.

Additionally, seeking prompt medical attention can help protect your claim and show the connection between your injury and the accident. Your doctor can assess your symptoms, recommend treatment and refer you to a specialist, if necessary.

If you do not seek immediate medical attention, the insurance companies may try to hold this against you by saying your injury is not that serious or not related to the accident.

You should follow your doctor’s orders for home care. You may also be referred to physical therapy or asked to perform range of motion exercises to help treat your injury. Serious cases may require surgical intervention.

How Much Could a Whiplash Claim Be Worth?

The value of a whiplash claim is a very case-specific assessment. Every case is different and may result in very different outcomes and value determinations. Typically, the more severe your whiplash injuries, the greater the amount of compensation that may be available.

If you suffered whiplash because of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be able to receive compensation for damages you suffered, such as:

  • Property damage
  • Initial medical bills
  • Follow-up medical care
  • Chiropractor care
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

However, there are various factors that may impact how much your claim may be worth, such as:

  • The severity of your injury
  • The at-fault driver’s degree of negligence
  • How clear liability is
  • The strength of your evidence
  • Your credibility
  • The extent to which your life was impacted by your injury
  • How much the insurance company or jury values your pain and suffering
  • The personal injury lawyer you choose

Contact a Lawyer for Help with Your Claim

Some whiplash injuries can be severe and require extensive treatment that may be very expensive. If your whiplash makes it difficult to work, you may face financial burdens as you wait for your claim to be resolved.

An experienced lawyer with Anderson & Cummings may be able to file a claim on your behalf and handle communication with the insurance company to allow you to concentrate on your medical recovery.

We provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal rights and the options available to you. We can also estimate the potential value of your claim, based on your specific situation.

Contact us today to get started. Call (817) 920-9000 anytime, 24/7.