Whiplash is a common injury in many traffic accidents because of the force caused by the impact, especially in rear-end collisions. The force of the impact causes the head to be whipped back and forth in a violent motion that results in injury to the neck. However, there are other accidents that can cause whiplash including falls, contact sports, assault, workplace accidents, and recreational sports.
When a traffic accident causes whiplash, the driver responsible for the crash can be held liable for your damages. It is important to seek the advice of an experienced NoLA car accident attorney. Call 1-800-587-1889 to speak with a New Orleans car accident attorney at no charge.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash can vary, but some of the common symptoms many people experience with whiplash include:
- Stiffness and neck pain
- Loss of range of motion
- Increasing pain when trying to move head from side to side or back and forth
- Prickling, tingling, or burning sensations
- Blurred vision and dizziness
- Problems sleeping and concentrating
- Tenderness in the arms, shoulders, and upper back
- Ringing in the ears
- Depression and irritability
You may also experience other symptoms. Only a doctor can determine if your symptoms are indicating a neck injury or other injury.
How Long Do the Symptoms Last?
In many cases, symptoms decrease with time and rest; however, some symptoms can last for several weeks or months. It is best to see a doctor immediately after any accident to be checked for whiplash and other injuries. However, you should also return to the doctor if your symptoms do not dissipate, grow worse, or you develop other symptoms.
For many people, whiplash is a sprain or strain of the neck muscles. However, the pain can also be due to damaged ligaments, disks, or neck joints. In some cases, whiplash does not heal over a few months. Some people experience ongoing, chronic pain and limited range of motion that can interfere with their ability to work and enjoy normal activities. In these cases, ongoing medical treatment may be necessary. Treatment can become expensive, especially when you are out of work. Filing an accident claim is the best way to recoup the costs from a whiplash injury.
Filing a Whiplash Injury Claim
Whiplash has received a bad reputation in the personal injury industry because some people claim to have whiplash when they are not injured. Insurance companies review whiplash claims very carefully. Therefore, your claim may be denied if you do not have the medical and legal evidence to support your claim. Our New Orleans accident attorneys have experience handling whiplash claims. We can advise you on the steps you need to take to protect your right to recover compensation for your medical bills, physical pain, lost wages, and emotional suffering.
Call a New Orleans Accident Attorney for More Information
If you are suffering from whiplash, call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans accident attorney. Our attorneys aggressive pursue whiplash claims on behalf of our clients because we believe that victims deserve to receive a fair and just settlement.