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Neck Injuries & Whiplash

Whiplash occurs much as the name implies. The head snaps forward and backward in a whip-like motion from the sudden impact of a car accident, damaging muscles, tendons and soft tissue in the neck. Severe whiplash injuries can last a lifetime, and even milder whiplash may take months to heal.

The Mayo Clinic estimates that 120,000 people sustain whiplash injuries every year in the U.S., which breaks down to 10,000 a month, 2,307 a week, 328 a day and 13 per hour. According to the Whiplash Prevention Campaign, these are the most common injuries resulting from rear-end collisions, with costs amounting to $8.5 million a year in the U.S. alone.

However, rear-end collisions are not the only type of traffic accident that can cause whiplash. Impact from any accident that causes a jolt to the head and neck can result in this type of injury. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. car insurance claims are neck strains and sprains.

If you have suffered whiplash in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., our lawyers have been helping spinal cord injury victims in Northern Texas for decades.

Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your right to recover compensation for whiplash and other neck injuries. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Whiplash

How can you tell if you have suffered whiplash in a car accident? Symptoms may not appear immediately, but usually develop within 24 hours of the accident. The following are possible symptoms that whiplash sufferers may experience:

  • Neck pain and stiffness.
  • Tenderness in the tissue.
  • Decreased range of motion.
  • Headache, generally located at the base of the skull and radiating toward the forehead.
  • Fatigue.
  • Dizziness.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Irritability.
  • Difficulty with concentration.
  • Memory lapses.
  • Sleep disturbances.

Whiplash Diagnosis and Treatment

Healthcare professionals may use various types of imaging in whiplash cases, mainly to rule out other causes of neck pain. Imaging methods include the following:

  • X-rays can help rule out spinal fractures or dislocations.
  • CT (computerized tomography) scans produce more detailed images of soft tissue and bones by combining X-ray images taken from different directions.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to detect soft tissue injury.

Treatment for whiplash may involve:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Prescription pain medication.
  • Lidocaine injections to numb the area and relieve muscle spasms.
  • Muscle relaxants for muscle spasms (can cause drowsiness).
  • Manual physical therapy, including myofascial release.
  • Ultrasound therapy.
  • Ice therapy.
  • Heat therapy.

 

Whiplash injuries can range from mild to extremely severe. Some symptoms may clear up in a few weeks, but many people face years of chronic pain, headaches and other problems after suffering whiplash.

Legal help for Victims of Whiplash in Car Accidents

If you have suffered whiplash injuries in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and mental pain and suffering. Our firm has helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.

At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we serve as dedicated advocates for the injured, holding negligent parties accountable for the damages they have caused.
For a free assessment, contact us today by calling us at (214) 999-9999. You can also submit a case evaluation online or send us an email at kraftlaw@kraftlaw.com.

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