INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury to the neck and back that occurs when the head is “whipped” violently backward and forward. This type of injury is common in falls and car wrecks. Insurance companies have painted whiplash as a “fake” injury used by people to deceive insurance companies and file false accident claims. However, whiplash is a real injury that can leave a victim with long-term or permanent pain and disability. If you have been injured in an accident, it is important you seek medical attention right away. Delayed medical treatment, combined with existing or prior injuries and other factors, can increase the duration of whiplash. Delayed medical attention can also result in permanent damage. A thorough medical examination and treatment plan can reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from a case of whiplash. For some whiplash victims, the amount of time to heal is relatively short. However, some injuries may require months to heal, and some injuries can result in permanent disabilities.
Symptoms of Whiplash
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Decreased range of motion or muscle tightness
- Pain or numbness in arms or hands
- Headaches that begin at the base of the head and move upward / headaches that continue to grow worse
How Whiplash Can Affect your Life
Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end car accidents because the force of the impact results in the head being whipped violently. While a collision at a high rate of speed can result in whiplash, a low-speed collision can also result in this type of injury too. It is dangerous to assume that a “fender bender” is not serious enough to result in an injury. It is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible after any accident. Furthermore, a delay in medical attention can be used against you in your accident claim. The insurance company for the other party will allege that the injury was not as severe as you claim or that the injury is not a result of the automobile accident.
Damages In A Whiplash Claim?
The damages in a whiplash claim vary depending on the circumstances and facts of the case. However, common damages our Baton Rouge car accident attorneys see in these injury cases include:
- Medical bills, including past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages, including a loss of earning capacity and loss of future income
- Property damage
- Permanent disability
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury (i.e. medical devices, travel expenses, personal care, etc.)
Are You Suffering From Whiplash Sustained In An Accident?
If you have been injured in a car wreck caused by another party, you may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. However, you must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident that caused your injury. Our Baton Rouge car accident lawyers can help you gather evidence to prove that your injuries are the result of an accident caused by another person or entity. We urge you to contact our office to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Baton Rouge whiplash injury lawyer. Call Attorney Peyton Murphy of the Murphy Law Firm, LLC at 225-928-8800 or use our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.