What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck or spine resulting from the whipping motion that’s cause when your body suddenly decelerates, like during a car accident. Whiplash isn’t just a single injury, it’s a classification for a variety of more specific injuries that are caused in this way, including torn or damaged neck or shoulder muscles, slipped discs, severe bruising, pinched nerves, and others.
Symptoms of whiplash after a car accident can include, but aren’t limited to:
- Stiffness in the neck
- Neck pain that worsens with movement
- Shoulder pain
- Vision problems
Who’s Most At Risk?
Older drivers and young passengers suffer the greatest risk of suffering whiplash injuries. That’s because children’s heads are relatively much larger than their neck or body, essentially adding leverage and increasing the trauma (this is why you should use a rear-facing seat for your child as long as possible). Older drivers often suffer from bone loss and generally weakened tissues that are more easily damaged by physical trauma, and they heal more slowly than younger people.
If you believe that you might be suffering from whiplash you might be entitled to whiplash injury compensation. To secure your claim you should seek medical aid immediately and have your condition documented. Because whiplash claims are difficult to prove, they’re often dismissed as fake claims, which means that you’ll often be required to file a lawsuit in order to secure your settlement.
As a victim of whiplash from a car accident, you’re entitled to compensation for a number of costs, including:
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Medical costs