Whiplash injuries are the result of rapid, violent back-and-forth movement of the neck and are most commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, especially among motorists who are rear-ended (although they can result from several forms of trauma, such as a physical altercation or sports collision). While often dismissed by defense attorneys as an insignificant or phantom injury, whiplash is a very real, very painful soft tissue injury that can lead to years or even a lifetime of complications and treatment.
The most common and persistent symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. In many cases, these issues resolve themselves over time, but in others, they require exercise, physical rehabilitation, and medication, or some combination of the three. Unfortunately, some people suffer chronic pain for years following their injury.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you should always seek medical treatment, even if you don’t think that you have suffered an injury or if you think that the injury you have suffered is mild. Being treated by a medical professional immediately following the wreck could be imperative in proving damages at some point down the line. Several conditions, including whiplash, may not exhibit symptoms for days, weeks, or even years, but diagnostic imaging and a thorough examination could uncover the injury before symptoms begin to manifest.
With injuries such as whiplash, insurance adjusters are often skeptical. Therefore, it’s imperative that the first word on the matter is reported by a treating physician, rather than, say, a chiropractor months after the fact. Don’t make the mistake of speaking with an insurance adjuster at the scene of the accident, and don’t forego medical treatment. Doing so could jeopardize your potential claim before it begins.
In fact, we recommend that you suspend all of your social accounts throughout the duration of the legal process. We have seen dozens of cases that were ruined by overzealous and impatient plaintiffs who took to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram without considering the ramifications of their behavior.
If you or someone you know has suffered a whiplash injury due to another party’s negligence, you should seek out a knowledgeable and experienced injury attorney who is familiar with these sorts of cases. By working with accident reconstruction experts and reputable medical professionals to determine negligence, the degree of the injury, and the length and cost of necessary treatments, we have successfully represented hundreds of clients who have suffered whiplash injuries.
Please contact us today at (978) 452-6641 or complete the form on this page to receive a free consultation. Our contingent fee policy ensures that you do not pay a dime in fees or expenses unless or until we are able to achieve a recovery on your behalf.