Whiplash and Filing a Personal Injury ClaimHave you been the victim of whiplash? Are you trying to decide whether to file a personal injury claim because of whiplash you received in an accident.
Sadly, when some people hear the word whiplash, they think of someone who is trying to fake an injury or scam an insurance company. Or, they think whiplash is something that is not very serious. They think whiplash is something that you get over in a few days.
Millions each year
The truth of the matter is that millions of people suffer whiplash each year in the United States. While a small number of these people do try to take advantage of a whiplash personal injury claim, there are a far greater number of people who truly deserve being compensated for whiplash.
One thing that many people do not realize is that whiplash can be caused by a minor accident. It does not have to be a major accident for whiplash to occur. For example, being in a car that is hit in the rear by another car may not cause serious damage to either car, but it may cause you to experience whiplash.
Most people associate whiplash with a car accident. However, whiplash may be caused by several other things. Among these are:
Repetitive stress injuries at work
Slip and fall accidents in homes, stores or sidewalks that are not well-maintained
Snowboarding and skiing accidents
Participation in contact sports
Truck and car accidents that are not rear-end impact
Child abuse, such as shaken baby syndrome
An intentional assault that results in head trauma.
Whiplash can range anywhere from mild to severe. Whiplash may only require you to wear a neck brace for a short period of time. However, whiplash can also involve paralysis. If whiplash is not promptly treated, it may grow progressively worse and result in long-term physical therapy and surgery.
There are several signs and symptoms that you may have with whiplash. Some of these are:
Neck pain and stiffness
Not being able to move your neck
Arm, shoulder or back pain
Unusual sensations, such as prickling, tingling or burning in your arms
Decreased range of motion
Fatigue, difficulty concentrating or disturbance of your sleep
If you are thinking about filing a personal injury claim for whiplash, you should know that most personal injury attorneys do not like to use the word whiplash because of the negative connotations that it brings to the minds of many people. It is better to use more technical names, such as cervical or neck sprain or strain, myofascial injury or hyperflexion/hyperextension injury.
You should also understand that in order to win a personal injury claim for whiplash, it must be proved that you did not cause the accident, and you will have to prove negligence on the part of the person who did cause the accident.
The best thing to do is to sit down with a personal injury attorney and let him or her assess your case and advise you as to whether it would be in your best interests to pursue a personal injury claim for whiplash.