Accidents occur every day and chances are you will be involved in one at some point in your life. Thankfully, most accidents aren’t serious, but they can still cause severe injuries. One of the most common injuries that occur in a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash is an injury of the neck and back and is often caused by a rear-end collision. If you suffered whiplash in an accident you might need help from an Atlanta car accident attorney to file a claim.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the body is forcefully impacted, causing a whip-like motion to the back and neck. It commonly occurs due to a rear-end collision when the spine and neck are quickly moved forward. Simple whiplash may involve a sprained neck, while more severe cases may have injuries to the tissues, discs, nerves, tendons, and muscles.
Whiplash has a number of symptoms and you may suffer from only a few of them. One of the important things to remember about whiplash is that the symptoms may not be immediately apparent. Right after an accident, your body produces adrenaline, which protects you during this frightening time. Once this wears off, you might begin to feel aches and pains from the accident.
Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and neck pain
- Reduced neck mobility
- Shoulder pain
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Problems with memory
- Lack of concentration
Some symptoms can last for a number of days, weeks, months or longer.
Treatment for Whiplash
Whiplash can range from mild to severe. It is best to seek treatment for whiplash as soon as possible after you suffer the injury. When you begin medical care quickly your injury may be less severe. Those who are older or who have had whiplash in the past are more prone to complication.
Diagnosis can be difficult because sometimes x-rays and other tests do not show the injury. This can also make it more difficult to prove your injury in a claim. Treatment generally includes managing pain, physical therapy, and exercise. Whiplash can take a long time to heal. In the meantime, you will need to take medication to reduce pain and inflammation and start a physical therapy or exercise routine.
Consult with an Experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
You may be contacted by the negligent party’s insurance company after the accident. It is important to note that your statement will be recorded. Therefore, it is helpful to talk to an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney as soon as possible. The insurance company may be anxious to settle the claim and might offer you a check.
Before you accept any offer, discuss it with your attorney. Whiplash cases can lead to expensive ongoing medical treatment, which may not be accounted for in the settlement offer. Allow your attorney to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that will provide you with money for your current and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Don’t settle for less than what you deserve. Contact the legal team at The Bader Law Firm today for a free case review.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.