Each year, there are more than 100,000 car accidents in Arizona, and in 2012, more than 30% of those resulted in injury. One of the most common injuries in car accidents is whiplash, an injury that costs the U.S. insurance and health care systems more than $8 billion annually.
Because whiplash is so common, it may seem easy to downplay its impact on those injured in accidents. But if you’ve been injured because of another person’s neglect, they could be responsible for your whiplash and other back and neck injuries.
Read on to learn more about how the injury team at JacksonWhite can help you get the compensation you deserve for your whiplash injuries.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is the lay term for neck injuries caused by the whipping back and forth, or side to side, of the head. This motion, which is often seen in car accidents, but can happen in other accidents as well, causes strain and tension on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the neck, shoulder and back.
Whiplash is usually treated with rest and occasionally braces to keep the neck structured. There is nothing that cures whiplash, and medical treatment is more a matter of pain management than anything else.
If You’ve Experienced Whiplash
The symptoms and signs of whiplash may not occur right away, and if you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to watch for the following:
- Stiffness of neck, shoulder and back
- Difficulty moving neck or upper back
- Nausea, dizziness and headaches
While these may be related to other things, they are often due to the whiplash suffered during an accident. The speed at which even slow-moving accidents occur is enough to severely strain your neck, so even a low-speed collision can cause serious pain and damage.
What to Do After an Accident in Phoenix
Because whiplash symptoms often don’t appear until the next day or later, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention after an accident, even if you feel okay at the time. Many times, the emotional rush and adrenaline associated with an accident can mask injuries until a later time.
The injury team at JacksonWhite can help you deal with the aftermath of an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence. If you experienced whiplash, this may affect:
- Your medical expenses and personal finances
- Work hours missed due to injuries
- Extraneous costs related to the accident
If you have a legitimate personal injury claim, the other part may be held liable for these and other costs.
The pain experienced with whiplash often goes away after weeks or months, but in extreme cases, can be long-term. In either case, you have the right to seek compensation if your pain and suffering is due to the negligence of another driver.
Get Help with Your Whiplash Injury Claim
At JacksonWhite, we’ve helped hundreds of individuals and families receive compensation for injuries and suffering. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so we only get paid if you’re compensated. This allows us to fully explore your case and determine your best legal options.
Call Personal Injury Attorney Jared Everton at (480) 467-4392 to discuss your case today.
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