If you’ve ever been in a rear-end car accident, you probably know what it feels like to suffer whiplash, also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD). Whiplash can result from almost any kind of collision that jolts the neck and shoulders. When a rear-end accident happens, the sudden impact forces your body forward, leaving the head following behind. During this instant when your body is caught by the seat belt, your neck and shoulder muscles, tendons and ligaments are at a high risk of becoming sprained or torn.
Symptoms of whiplash can be misleading. You may not feel the injuries immediately as they can sometimes take days to become apparent. The pain associated with WAD can range from mild to severe and immobilizing. The initial delay of pain can cause an accident victim to think he is ok when really there is adrenaline surging through his system. As swelling occurs, pain will begin to send signals to the brain telling him that he is injured.
Common symptoms associated with whiplash include:
- Blurred vision
- Back discomfort or pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Dizziness and vomiting
- Neck or shoulder stiffness and pain
- Weakness in arms
When another driver’s negligence results in your injury, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages, you may want to file a personal injury claim or you’ll otherwise become a victim of heaping financial bills. If you are interested in filing a claim for whiplash, our determined and experienced attorneys will be on your side. Here are the first steps to take after your accident:
- Seeking medical attention, inspection and treatment of your injuries by a certified primary care physician should be your top priority. Avoid medical clinics that claim they can help you win your personal injury claim as usually they are not looking out for your best interest, only profit.
- Keep a record of all medical documentation (along with other evidence) related to your car accident. Medical documentation can and should include: MRIs, blood tests, CT scans, x-rays, medical chart, emergency room/urgent care admission forms.
- Immediately after your collision, you must receive unbroken treatment for your injuries, waiting days, weeks or months after your accident can be detrimental to your claim. Follow-up treatment is vital to your recovery.
Final Step: Call Parvey & Cavenago for a free consultation after your accident. We care about getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You shouldn’t be punished for someone else’s reckless behavior.