Whiplash is dangerous, and unfortunately, many are unaware of the risk factors it poses. In general, the signs of whiplash may show in days after the actual accident; these symptoms can be debilitating and painful, according to Mayo Clinic.
Although whiplash happens in many different types of car accidents, it commonly occurs during a rear-end collision. Several cases have been reported of people recovering from whiplash quickly and getting back on their feet within days. However, those with severe complications experience chronic pain after the accident—which is why some people in these situations may consider hiring a lawyer.
What You Need to Know About Whiplash
The Mayo Clinic reports that generally, being in an excellent physical condition lessens your whiplash condition and pain. Some people may be more likely to suffer more harmful whiplash, including those who:
- Have had whiplash before
- Those who are older
- Those who had existing or lower back pain before the accident
- Those suffering from an injury at high speed
Diagnosing Whiplash After an Accident
Ask your doctor to examine your symptoms and explain your potential risks. The medical examinations you face will likely focus on your neck, arms, and head. This helps to diagnose your whiplash by the range of your neck motion, tenderness in your neck, and the strength of your reflexes.
Harvard Health Letter states that if muscle sprains and strains—the usual injuries whiplash patients face—do not get better after a few weeks or months, then imaging tests may be used to check the status of the patient’s vertebrae and nerves.
Whiplash Is Usually Treatable
There are numerous methods for treating whiplash, but treatment strategies are relatively straightforward. In many cases, doctors can prescribe painkiller medications or gentle physical therapy exercises—like stretching. In other cases, a medical professional might prescribe a muscle relaxant for spasms. Harvard Health Letter reports that surgery may be required in the case of pressure on a nerve or vertebrae.
For flexibility and strength, doctors may advise that you apply heat or ice to the affected area. This simple technique aims at improving your neck strength and allowing flexibility. Relaxation techniques also come in handy, as they enhance good posture. The neck muscles need to relax due to excessive straining, which assists in recovery. Foam collars are also used to keep your neck stable. For the best results, follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Filing a Claim for Whiplash
You may not want to file a claim for any number of reasons, however, the negligent party (or parties) should answer for their wrongdoing. Also, you may be able to pursue other damages separate from any medical costs you have suffered. You may be able to file a claim for:
- Transportation costs to and from doctor’s appointments
- Emergency medical treatment
- Current and future medical costs
- Physical or psychological therapies
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death, loss of consortium, medical costs, and burial services (if you lost a loved one in the accident which gave you whiplash)
The driver who caused or contributed to your whiplash could go on to harm someone else in the future. Hold them accountable today so they can learn what their actions (or inactions) do to others.
Things to Collect Before Speaking to a Lawyer
For you to file a claim for personal injury, you may want to have several relevant documents.
Medical Records of Your Injuries
These may include records of the hospital, emergency room, documents indicating your symptoms, provided treatments, diagnosis results, and discharge instructions. You may need any bills you have received, as well, such as the receipts for prescriptions.
The Medical Provider or Doctor Testimony
This entails your doctor describing the nature of the injury, your prognosis for recovery, and recommended treatment. In the case of permanent damage, your doctor will outline the necessary care you will likely require in the future. These medical statements and records from your providers are essential, as they will be used as evidence for currently incurred costs and projected future costs.
Call Morris Bart, LLC for a Free Consultation Today
Injuries can often go unnoticed after an accident, so it is vital to go for treatment immediately after a car accident—especially if you are experiencing any form of aches and pains. The help of the Morris Bart law firm in your pursuit for damages can allow you to focus on yourself and spend time healing with your family.
Get in contact with us at (800) 537-8185 today. At the Morris Bart law firm, we understand that whiplash is dangerous, so we will ensure that we get started as soon as possible. There may be timelines in place that limit how long you have to pursue a lawsuit in Louisiana.