When driving a car there are many potential dangers and operating a vehicle should always be taken with a high priority on safety. The high speeds that can be travelled and the massive weight of a vehicle can all make auto accidents incredibly harmful. There is no limit to the amount of damage that can be caused and they are known for leading to many catastrophic injuries. One type of an injury that can be faced is known as whiplash. This can range in the amount of pain and limitation that is faced by the injured party and a case should be assessed by Cranston & Edwards, PLLC.
Whiplash is the result of the impact of a collision. When cars collide, drivers or passengers can be sent flying back and forth or sideways in a sudden motion. The rapid motion and extension of the neck can cause internal damage, harming the soft tissue in the neck area. The muscles, nerves and bones in the region can all be put under significant strain.
Whiplash is broken up into different phases which include the initial position of the neck, the retraction, extension, and then the rebound. These injuries are unlike many others in that the signs of damage may not be as observable on the outside. There are no outward wounds or broken bones making it more challenging to recognize and assess the level of harm. Another aspect that makes these situations tricky is that the symptoms are not always felt until later on so a victim might initially think they are fine and the more time passes they level of pain begins to set in.
Some of the signs and symptoms of whiplash can include the following:
While there is some understanding of these injuries, the exact details of the injury have yet to be fully learned and those harmed can deal with the repercussions for any length of time. It can be valuable to seek the medical attention of a professional that can help provide more insight to determine if whiplash has been sustained. This can also offer a medical record in case this is needed in a claim or lawsuit. There is testing that they can run in order to better evaluate the extent of injuries. These include an MRI, CT scan and a basic assessment from a professional that knows what signs can be indicators.
Whiplash can be challenging to treat and many people suffer from pain for an extended period of time that may only be relieved through pain medication or rehabilitative services. The most common cause of whiplash is car accidents In these situations they are known as cervical acceleration-deceleration injuries. Whiplash can also be suffered in other types of circumstances in which hyperextension or hyperflexion occurs. Some may sustain it in a bungee jumping incident or when they suffer a blow to the head.
There are some steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of an injury being sustained or being as serious. First, make sure that you and others in a vehicle are always wearing a seatbelt, and that both the seatbelt and the headrest are properly adjusted to fit everyone correctly. Wearing a seatbelt does not fully guard against whiplash, but it can reduce the amount of harm and can aid in preventing even more extensive injuries.
Besides car accidents, sports injuries are another common cause of whiplash. In these cases, whiplash can be reduced by wearing the correct protective gear and by working with a team that is correctly trained in how to play, as well as how to take a hit.
Were you involved in an accident that was someone else's fault? They may have been to blame for the car accident and depending on the circumstances there can be grounds for damages to be sought. Our firm is made up of trial lawyer with length experience in personal injury cases. Together our attorneys have more than 45 years of experience and we bring this high level of experience into each case we take on.
We work on a contingency basis so that we do not charge accident victims and their families unless we are able to secure a win.