Whiplash describes a range of injuries to the neck and vertebrae. These injuries affect the joints, nerves, and muscles. Whiplash is caused by sudden movement of the neck and head following an impact or sudden deceleration. Signs that you have sustained whiplash injuries include headaches, stiffness, neck pain, shoulder pain, and lower back pain. The severity of a whiplash injury is graded on a continuum of 0-4. Whiplash can be caused by many events but car accidents are the leading cause of this injury.
The majority of these car accidents are low-speed and oftentimes whiplash injuries are not manifested immediately. In fact, most injuries occur at speeds lower than 12 miles per hour. And, whiplash injuries may take days, weeks, or months to manifest physically. Additionally, car accidents at any speed can aggravate a preexisting condition. If you have been involved in car crash you should see a doctor and talk to a personal injury lawyer about your rights.
Whiplash Causes and Statistics
While the most common cause of whiplash is a car crash, slip and falls also cause whiplash injuries. Additionally, physically traumatic events cause whiplash like sports injuries. For example, in boxing the entire purpose of the sport is cause traumatic injuries to the other boxer. Football is another sport that has caused serious whiplash injuries to players at all levels including high school, college, and professional. In fact, every year about 120,000 people suffer whiplash from these various causes. The effects of whiplash injuries can be lasting and costly. The victim may suffer from fatigue, lack of concentration, memory problems, depression, or permanent disability. These conditions give rise to immediate medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, and lost productivity. The victim of whiplash injuries should not have to carry the physical and financial burden of someone else’s negligence. A personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Whiplash Injuries?
If you or a loved one has suffered whiplash injuries, the lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation. Our law firm has years of experience when it comes to personal injury lawsuits, and can help ensure that you receive the legal representation you deserve for your whiplash claim. Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6867 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.