The amount of force unleashed on the human body in a car crash is thousands of pounds, even when moving at a relatively sedate 55 mph speed. When the human body hurdles forward inside a car in motion and comes to a sudden stop, the thousands of pounds of force throw them forward and back with a quick, snapping motion, similar to that of a whip. This sudden motion causes the muscles and tendons inside the neck to stretch and may also injure the vertebra protecting the spine. The hyperextension of the neck and the sudden back-and-forth snapping motion cause a variety of painful and debilitating symptoms and may even leave permanent injury.
Whiplash affects an average of 3 million people per year. About 1.5 million Americans suffer chronic pain due to a whiplash injury. Common causes of whiplash include:
Whiplash varies in severity and can cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms for a few days or for many months. Those at greater risk of serious whiplash injuries include elderly individuals, those who’ve previously suffered from whiplash injury, or those with pre-existing neck or spine conditions.
Whiplash occurs in an instant, but the pain and stiffness of whiplash may increase in the hours and days after an accident. Symptoms include:
In the most severe cases, whiplash victims may also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears, fatigue, and memory problems.
Whiplash injuries can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and ability to work by causing pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. If you’ve experienced whiplash in a car accident that was the fault of another party, you can make a claim for compensation for damages such as:
A car accident attorney can help whiplash victims recover full compensation for their economic and non-economic damages.
The amount of compensation you could receive from whiplash depends on the severity of the injury and its impact on your daily routine, employment, and finances. Personal injury attorneys calculate compensation by adding up medical expenses and considering the following:
When someone else causes an accident, and you suffer from painful and debilitating whiplash, the at-fault party is responsible for compensating you for damages. Get experienced representation for your whiplash injuries at Shapiro | Delgado | Hofmann. Our skilled personal injury attorneys, located in Sarasota and Bradenton, are here to help you get the compensation you deserve to recover. Contact us today online or call (941) 954-4000