The number of motorists suffering a whiplash-inducing injury has soared throughout America. Yet, there are still many people who don’t realise that they are able to claim compensation! It’s likely that you will be able to claim if you have been part of an accident that wasn’t your fault. Especially if the accident resulted in whiplash injuries. So to help you along the road towards getting what’s rightfully yours, check out our Whiplash Claims 101 below.
What Is Whiplash?
We’ve all heard the term bounced around before. But what is the medical diagnosis of whiplash?
Whiplash is a term usually used in relation to neck injuries caused by a sudden movement of the neck or head. The primary cause of whiplash is the involvement in motoring accidents. Yet there are so many secondary causes that people aren’t made aware of. Whiplash occurs when the head jolts forwards, backwards or sideways. This can happen in any kind of accident including physical assault. Whiplash happens when the ligaments and tendons in the neck become damaged. This may happen due to the over extension of the muscles during an incident, which can also happen as a result of any slip, trip or fall which jerks the head.
Whiplash sufferers are less likely to claim compensation after an accident or assault. That’s because people don’t think it’s ‘serious’ enough an injury. Yet, the numbers for these clients gaining compensation is on the rise. Whiplash claims are becoming more and more common, and people are getting the compensation they deserve- you could too.
Main Symptoms of Whiplash
No two people’s experiences with whiplash are the same. The symptoms manifest themselves in completely different ways. For some the pain is present straight after the incident. For others the pain may start to worsen after several days. Generally, whiplash symptoms take between 6 to 12 hours to develop.
Symptoms may also worsen in the weeks following the accident. These symptoms may last for several months up to a year after the initial injury. If symptoms become chronic your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs alongside muscle relaxants. Yet, pain that persists for longer than six months are very rare. With the proper treatment, the pain and immobility should diminish within 3 months.
Remember, not all symptoms have to be present in every case of whiplash.
Typical symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and pain through the neck and shoulders.
- Reduced Mobility of the neck.
- Tenderness and swelling around the muscles of the neck.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Pins and Needles through the arms or hands.
- Shooting pains or numbness in the arms or hands.
- Muscle Spasms in the neck shoulders and arms.
- Vertigo or dizziness.
- Blurred Vision.
- Fatigue and Tiredness.
Not all common symptoms of whiplash are physical. Even mild whiplash can leave sufferers with feelings of anxiety and depression.
Remember, not all symptoms have to be present in every case of whiplash. If any whiplash symptoms present themselves following an injury contact your doctor immediately. Prolonging the treatment will reduce your chances of a speedy recovery. Your doctor will also be able to offer advice on compensation for your injury.
Are All Whiplash Claims the Same?
Definitely not. All Whiplash claims are different. Whiplash affects people in many different ways. Physically, mentally and financially. Whiplash can be detrimental to the victim’s quality of life. All these factors affect how much the claim may be worth.
Legal and medical professionals will need to assess your symptoms before making a claim. During these meetings you’ll need to describe any losses incurred as a result of the accident. These losses don’t have to be financial, it can be any problem encountered because of your whiplash. The sum of compensation will also depend on the circumstances of the accident.
Making the Claim
If you believe you’re suffering from whiplash contact a legal professional immediately. Your appointed legal professional will help you through every step of your claim. They will make sure you gain the amount of compensation you deserve. In one consultation your legal representative will decide the validity of your claim. Once you’ve got the go ahead after a free consultation session, you can get started. Not all claims companies are able to offer a free initial consultation. Allen Law firm offers a completely no-win, no fee service. This enables accident victims to make a claim without the chance of losing any money.
By choosing no-win, no-fee legal representation there are zero professional fees if you lose your case. In the more than likely event your claim is successful fees will be settled after the case has been won.
Get In Touch!
If you are still unsure about your claim, get in touch with a qualified legal professional. Your legal representative will guide you through the claim process using their expertise. This gives you a greater chance of your claim being successful. We can help you get the compensation you deserve by playing hardball with your insurance provider and minimising inconvenience to you. If you need medical evidence to support your claim, your solicitor can also arrange this. Assessing symptoms is the primary way of diagnosing whiplash. Yet sometimes further evidence is required such as MRI, CT and X-Ray scans. Your solicitor will help you every step of the way with ample support and guidance.
Doug Allen has over 20 years of experience handling successful whiplash claims. Which makes Allen Law Firm the number one choice for residents of Colorado Springs. At Allen Law firm they understand how detrimental the impact of whiplash can be. Every claim is handled with the upmost respect and sensitivity for the victim.
Whether you’ve recently suffered injuries from an accident or have chronic pain. Contact Doug Allen Today. Every conversation you have will be with an experienced lawyer.