Should I File a Personal Injury Claim for a Whiplash InjuryShould I file a personal injury claim for a whiplash injury? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you have suffered a whiplash injury but are reluctant to file a personal injury claim.
The reason why you may be reluctant to file a personal injury claim for a whiplash injury is because you believe people may think you are trying to scam an insurance company with a fake injury. Or, it is because a lot of people think a whiplash injury is not a serious injury and one that lasts for only a few days.
By definition, a whiplash injury is an injury that occurs when your head moves suddenly backward and then forward. This is like the motion of a person who cracks a whip, hence the name, whiplash injury. When this happens, these extreme motions push your neck ligaments and muscles beyond their normal range of motion.
It is true that some people try and fake a whiplash injury in order to profit from a personal injury claim. However, the reality is that there are far more people who should file a personal injury claim and be compensated for their whiplash injury.
Minor or serious
A whiplash injury may be a minor injury. It may only require some over-the-counter pain relievers and ice being applied to your sore neck muscles for a few days.
On the other hand, a whiplash injury can result in chronic pain and get progressively worse. It can bring about long-term physical therapy, surgery and even paralysis.
The idea that most people have is that a whiplash injury results from a car accident. The truth is that there are several other things that may bring about a whiplash injury. Some of these include:
An intentional assault that causes head trauma
Participation in contact sports, such as football and hockey
Child abuse, such as shaken baby syndrome
Slip and fall accidents in stores, homes or sidewalks that are not well-maintained
Car and truck accidents that do not involve a rear-end impact
Skiing and snowboarding accidents
Repetitive stress injuries at work.
There are some things that are an indication of a whiplash injury. These include
Neck stiffness and pain
Headaches that usually occur at the base of your skull.
There are also some signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury that are not as common as those listed above. These include:
Disturbances to your sleep
Problems with concentration
Ringing in your ears
Problems with memory.
There are also some signs and symptoms that may indicate a serious whiplash injury. These include:
Experiencing weakness, numbness or tingling in your arms
Your neck pain radiating (moving) to your arms or shoulders
Experiencing pain when you try to move your head.
If you believe that you have suffered a serious whiplash injury that was caused by another partys negligence, you really ought to talk to a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will know whether it is in your best interests to pursue a personal injury claim for a whiplash injury.
Article written by James Shugart
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