Whiplash injuries get a bad rap—we’ve all seen the spoofs on sitcoms—but what are whiplash injuries and what do they entail?
Rear-end car accidents (even low-level fender benders) are among the accidents most closely associated with whiplash injuries, but any accident involving motor vehicles can result in whiplash. While the telltale neck brace associated with such injuries may provide a few laughs in a courtroom comedy, extremely serious whiplash injuries can lead to significant negative health consequences. It’s also important to note that whiplash injuries are sometimes silent injuries that develop slowly. Even so, never minimize this type of injury. If you were in a car accident, don’t take a time-will-tell attitude—instead, seek immediate medical attention to rule out a serious injury, including whiplash.
When your head whips back and forth on your neck (in imitation of a cracking whip), the resulting soft-tissue injury is known as whiplash. Rear-end car accidents are frequently the cause of whiplash injuries, but nearly any old car accident will do the trick. Furthermore, sports-related accidents, physical abuse, and other kinds of physical trauma can cause whiplash.
The onset of physical effects from a whiplash injury can range from an immediate occurrence to a slow-build with time. The pain associated with whiplash can similarly range from quite mild to extremely painful. Furthermore, said injuries can heal quickly, take their own sweet time, or even become chronic. In short, whiplash injuries are unpredictable.
If someone else’s negligence has left you with a whiplash injury, don’t leave your health and your rights to chance. Instead, seek immediate medical attention and then consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Whiplash can prove both deceptive and serious, but your rights and your rightful compensation matter. The dedicated legal team at The Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis has the experience, skill, and commitment to guide your whiplash injury claim toward just resolution.
Whiplash can present a wide array of exceedingly painful symptoms:
If you suffered a whiplash injury that doesn’t heal within about six months, you may have developed a chronic whiplash condition that may require ongoing medical treatments and care.
Because whiplash can make itself known via such varied, severe symptoms and because it can creep in so slowly and unannounced, seek medical attention whenever you’re in an accident that could lead to whiplash—such as a rear-end accident or any accident that significantly jostles your head and neck. By obtaining immediate medical treatment, you not only take better care of your health but you also establish a strong connection between the accident in question and your whiplash injury claim.
Injuries associated with whiplash can become long-lasting health concerns that lead to physical limitations, significant pain and discomfort, and immense expenses. This expense not only includes medical costs, but also lost hours at work that result in lost income, and a diminished earning potential. Furthermore, whiplash can decrease your overall quality of life. All told, whiplash can leave behind seriously negative consequences, so always afford it the the attention it deserves.
We all know the whiplash shtick whereby the injured plaintiff rips off his neck brace after bringing a successful whiplash claim in court and proceeds to dance the cha-cha. Whiplash, however, is no laughing matter. Whiplash isn’t an injury that you can see, and as such, it sometimes gets a bad rap as a figment of the sufferer’s imagination. If you incurred a whiplash injury, you know the real pain, discomfort, and physical limitations that come with it. Don’t let whiplash’s reputation diminish your resolve or get you down. Always take whiplash seriously. Your claim matters.
Whiplash injuries have a host of stereotypes associated with them, and the one related to fakery is so persistent that some victims begin to doubt their own injuries and try to ignore them. Don’t be this person—your health and well-being could suffer. Unfortunately, a variety of myths dog whiplash injuries:
If someone else’s negligence has left you with whiplash, you need experienced legal counsel. The dedicated legal team at The Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis understands the difficulties presented by these injuries and claims, and we’re here to help. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have the skill, knowledge, and compassion to advocate for the compensation to which you’re entitled. Please contact or call us at (317) 636-0808 to schedule a free consultation today.