Spokane Whiplash Injury Attorney
Whiplash is the most common injury associated with
. Studies show 83% of passengers injured in a car accident suffer some
degree of whiplash. Whiplash affects over one million people throughout
the U.S. each year.
Whiplash injuries are not a new phenomenon - or even necessarily limited
to auto accidents. In fact, the first cases of whiplash were known as
"Railway Spine," and occurred in people who had been in train
collisions. However, it was not until 1955 that the phrase “whiplash”
was coined because it is like cracking a whip – when your head is
jerked forward, backward, or sideways like the tip of a whip being thrown
out and jerked back. In most cases, this means a sudden and violent movement of the
neck during an accident.
What are Symptoms of Whiplash?
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, a whiplash injury may not
have any symptoms. More frequently than not, whiplash symptoms gradually
intensify and only become painful after a few hours or the next day. The
delay is similar to how back, spine, joint, disc, nerve and soft tissue
injuries often have a delayed onset.
If you experience any of the following symptoms after a
car accident, you should seek a diagnostic evaluation and medical treatment immediately:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Muscle spasms
- Mid and low back pain
- Loss of range of motion in your neck
- Burning, numbness, or tingling in the neck, shoulders or back
- Numbness or tingling in your fingers
- Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing
- Difficulty with equilibrium or balance
- Problems with memory or concentration
Whiplash injuries can cause permanent damage to bones, joints, discs, ligaments,
nerves, muscles, arteries, and tendons in the neck, upper back, and lower
back. Whiplash injuries can lead to degeneration of the spine, chronic
pain, and permanent disability. Pain can sometimes spread to the shoulders
or arms. Speak to your doctors about developing a recovery plan and take
your injuries seriously.
Whiplash Injury Attorneys: A Permanent Soft Tissue Injury
Insurance companies aggressively fight whiplash cases because they believe
they can win by arguing whiplash does not cause lasting injuries.
One of the most common myths peddled by insurance companies is that
whiplash injuries heal within six weeks and that care after that time is
However, studies show that only 12% of whiplash victims fully recover,
and at least one-third of whiplash injuries are permanent and disabling.
The medical evidence suggests that soft tissue personal injuries can be
serious and can have long-term effects. Whiplash injuries commonly result
in permanent injuries such as chronic pain, numbness, herniated discs,
fractured vertebrae, permanent joint injury,
brain injury, daily headaches, serious nerve and spine damage and accelerated degenerative
changes leading to arthritis. Before speaking with insurance adjusters
who will attempt to diminish the seriousness of your injuries,
contact Sweetser Law Office for a free consultation.
The reality is that an individual’s quality of life is diminished
after a whiplash injury. A person’s career, recreational endeavors,
participating in certain physical activities with their kids, may be a
thing of the past. Permanent, life-altering harms such as these are not
small and are often the greatest harms to a whiplash victim.
Oftentimes, whiplash victims are unable to work because of the injury or
miss extended time at work as they seek treatment and recovery. Sometimes
an individual cannot perform physical labor anymore and has to be re-trained
in a different line of work. On top of this, medical bills and treatment
can get expensive, from emergency room visits, doctor visits, X-rays,
MRI’s, medications, physical therapy, surgery, injections, and referrals
to other pain specialists.
For whiplash victims injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of another,
the civil justice system affords them the right to compensation for their
expenses, lost wages, permanent limitations, pain, and loss of enjoyment
of life. You should know your legal rights if you sustained a whiplash
injury after a car accident with the assistance of a knowledgeable
Spokane personal injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash injury, contact Sweetser
Law Office today for a
free initial consultation about your case.