Whiplash is common after an accident, especially in rear-end crashes. You might think you just have a sore neck, but whiplash can be more severe with long-lasting consequences.
If you were hurt in a car accident, you need to get medical help right away. Then, as soon as you’re able, contact an attorney who can guide you through a claim. Call Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers at (702) 878-2889 or use our online contact form to reach out.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to your neck that is often caused by force exerted on the body when a vehicle slams into you from behind. This pushes the car forward while your body stays in place or moves backward. This action is similar to that of a whip – hence the name “whiplash.”
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck
- Pain that gets worse with movement of the neck
- Range of motion limitation in the neck
- Muscle tenderness in the shoulders and upper back, and arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
Severe whiplash can also cause mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.
How Serious Can Whiplash Be?
Whiplash is often thought of as an insignificant injury that heals quickly. But, for some people, whiplash can be much worse. Without proper treatment plans that include pain medication and exercise, chronic neck pain and lasting complications are standard.
The reason whiplash is often more severe is that other conditions commonly inflict whiplash victims, including:
- Neck, back, or spine fractures
- Ruptured spinal cord discs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
If you fail to get appropriate medical treatment for whiplash, it can become even more severe than simple muscle pain.
Compensation for Whiplash
If you get whiplash in a car accident, you can get compensation for all of your losses. Insurance companies sometimes try to make lowball offers to eliminate these claims, which they think aren’t a big deal. Insurance companies may also try to brush off a whiplash claim completely. Don’t let them strongarm you like that.
Work with Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, and we’ll help you get the money you need for the following:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Property damages and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium – or spousal relationship
Don’t let the insurance company convince you that you don’t deserve full compensation for your damages. We can help you get enough money to cover all of your losses from the crash.