Whiplash is painful condition that is normally associated with automobile accidents. Whiplash happens when an individual’s neck is thrown back and then forward. Whiplash can cause damage to both bones and soft tissues in the neck. In some cases, whiplash can be mildly painful and can heal itself in a short period of time, while in other cases whiplash may be a very serious condition that can cause lifelong problems.
In most cases involving whiplash, a rear-end automobile accident is involved. There are other types of accidents that can cause whiplash, such as falls. One problem with whiplash is that the victim may not know they have it immediately. Symptoms usually manifest within a day, however. Some common symptoms of whiplash include a stiff or painful neck, headaches, fatigue, an inability to move the neck fully, memory loss, and dizziness.
To diagnose whiplash, normally x-rays are taken, and the victim may be required to wear a neck brace. Medications can help treat whiplash as well. In some cases, chiropractic care and physical therapy can help.
Most people with whiplash have expenses as a result of the whiplash. Compensation is available for those expenses. Compensation can include payment for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Unfortunately, whiplash can be hard to definitively diagnose, and many accident victims are reluctant to pursue compensation, feeling that they may be accused of trying to obtain money for a condition that doesn’t exist. Although that is an unfortunate stereotype, you should not let that discourage you if you have faced legitimate injuries as a result of an automobile accident.
If you have suffered from whiplash, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles whiplash attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.