Whiplash is one of the most frustrating injuries an individual can face. Soreness and stiffness in the neck can affect a person’s ability to work and enjoy life at a high level. In addition, many insurance companies are suspicious of whiplash injuries and may deny or delay a claim that you are entitled to. If you or someone you love has experienced a whiplash injury after an accident, it is very important to contact an experienced attorney immediately to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to fully recover.
What is Whiplash?
During an automobile accident, the neck is often violently snapped backwards and forwards. This “whip-like” action damages the delicate muscle fibers, tendons and ligaments in the neck and causes whiplash. Victims of whiplash may discover increasing neck pain and stiffness after an accident. They may suddenly find themselves with referred shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, tinnitus and even TMJ. In fact, this myriad of complex symptoms is one of the main reasons whiplash is so difficult to diagnose.
Immediately following a car accident, victims are treated for obvious injuries and sent home to recover. Whiplash, however, is not usually detected until days or even weeks after the initial injury. This delayed onset of symptoms is one of the main reasons insurance companies are so suspicious of whiplash. Insurance companies will often deny claims associated with whiplash and may even prevent you from obtaining the necessary treatment you need to fully recover. As as result, you can find yourself suddenly involve in an insurance dispute while still dealing with frustrating and debilitating whiplash symptoms.
Whiplash – Just the Facts:
- Every year almost 1 million people experience a whiplash injury
- Automobile accidents are the main cause of whiplash injuries, especially rear end accidents
- While most patients recover from whiplash within 3 months, others can experience symptoms for many years.
- 45% of people with chronic neck pain can attribute it to a past whiplash or MVC injury
- Whiplash injuries account for 70% of all bodily injury claims
- Whiplash injuries account for 43% of medical costs when insurance claims are considered.
- Whiplash injuries cost approximately 8 billion dollars annually.
If you suffer from whiplash following an accident, contact us immediately for a free consultation or give us a call at (303) 694-4653. After carefully reviewing your case, we will be able to discuss all of your legal options with you. If you choose to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, our highly experienced personal injury attorneys will be able to represent your interests throughout the legal process, so you can receive the compensation you deserve.