Whiplash Injuries From Rear-End Collisions
If your neck is sore following a car collision, chances are you might have suffered whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the car collision impact force abruptly snaps the head in a forward and back motion – like a whip. It is commonly caused by a rear-end car collision.
If you’ve been injured as a result of an auto accident, you should contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer. The lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC have helped accident victims and their families recover millions of dollars. We are glad to help you achieve justice for your losses, as well.
The most common whiplash symptoms include:
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Neck pain
- Loss of the normal curvature of the spine. Normally, there’s supposed to be a nice little c-shaped curve to the neck. Whiplash causes the neck to straighten which limits its range of motion and causes pain.
- Muscle spasms.
- Pain that radiates from the neck down the arm(s).
- Numbness and tingling in the arm(s).
Whiplash Can Cause Serious Neck Injuries
Some people that suffer whiplash injuries are able to recover from those injuries in a matter of weeks. They might just need to go to the chiropractor for some neck adjustments, hot and cold packs, and massage therapy.
Other people suffer more serious consequences from whiplash. Those victims might have to undergo surgery in order to heal from their whiplash injuries. Contrary to what you might think, most people that are severely harmed by whiplash don’t initially feel that much neck pain. It may be days, or weeks, before the victim begins to experience symptoms.
If you suffered whiplash in a car accident and your pain is persisting, you should schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor that specializes in treating spine injuries. Your orthopedic doctor will order you to undergo an MRI imaging scan. An MRI imaging scan is much more sensitive than an x-ray imaging scan. X-rays tend to only show whether the victim has broken bones. MRIs, by contrast, can identify injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are not observable on x-rays.
Normally, the spinal ligaments are supposed to provide stability to the spinal joints during rest and while you’re actively moving your neck. If the spinal ligaments are damaged, it will be very difficult to move your neck without experiencing pain and you may even experience pain at rest.
If the MRI scan reveals that you injured your spinal ligaments, your doctor will typically try to conservatively treat those injuries with pain medications, physical therapy, chiropractic therapy or epidural injections. If those treatments don’t resolve your symptoms, surgery is often the only way to heal your injuries.
Even Low Speed, Rear End Impact Collisions Can Cause Serious Whiplash Injuries
Some people are perplexed that a low speed, rear end impact auto accident can cause serious neck injuries. They might wonder how the forces involved in that type of collision are any different from the normal activities of daily living, such as picking up a child and carrying them on our shoulders.
A rear impact collision is a completely unique event. Even in a low-speed crash, the victim’s body can be exposed to 500 pounds of compression force. In the matter of a tenth of a second, the thoracic part of the spine rapidly accelerates forward, while the head lags behind, which causes the neck to suffer hyperextension, followed by flexion as the head rebounds off of the head restraint. There is nothing that a victim is exposed to during their normal activities of daily living that is comparable to that injury mechanism.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help
Many auto liability insurance companies make low-ball settlement offers to victims that suffer whiplash from rear-end collisions. The insurance companies attempt to justify their offers by pointing out that most people recover from whiplash injuries in a matter of days, weeks, or months. While that might be true as a general rule, no two injury victims are the same. Even two victims that are in the same vehicle can suffer dramatically different injuries.
If your whiplash injury isn’t serious, it might sense to settle your claim for a small amount. But, what if it turns out that your whiplash injury is serious? It would be devastating to settle your case for a small amount only to later discover that you will need to undergo neck surgery. It is, therefore, important that you do not attempt to settle your whiplash injury case until you have been completely evaluated by your medical providers.
Attorneys that advertise on TV, radio, buses and billboards handle thousands of injury claims per year. Their goal is to settle their clients’ cases as quickly as possible, even if they’re settling for far less than the true value of their clients’ cases. They might urge you to settle before you’ve been completely evaluated by your medical providers.
The attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC understand how to maximize the value of their clients’ cases. They dedicate the time and resources to ensure that their clients’ whiplash injuries are thoroughly evaluated before they ever attempt to settle a case.