You finally have an answer to what is causing your pain after a car crash—whiplash. However, you probably have even more questions now that you’ve been diagnosed. How serious is this injury, and what can you do to control how it impacts your health and financial future?
Whiplash Is Not What You May Think
Movies and TV shows often portray people with whiplash as fraudulent and greedy money-seekers. These people are accused of faking or exaggerating their injury to get a financial recovery. However, whiplash is a real injury, and you deserve fair compensation if you’ve been hurt.
Whiplash occurs when your head is whipped back and forth forcefully. During a car accident, this can happen at high speed. The forceful movement can cause muscle, ligament, and soft tissue injuries in your neck and upper back. You could suffer some minor soreness and continue with your regular activities, or you could experience significant and painful injuries, such as:
- Headaches. The damage to your neck may cause chronic and sometimes severe headaches that prevent you from working or going about your regular activities.
- Pain and symptoms that require ongoing treatment. Dizziness, vision changes, ringing in the ears, sleep problems, and other whiplash symptoms may be ongoing. These symptoms may require long-term physical therapy and medical care.
Protect Your Whiplash Recovery
If you suffer a whiplash injury, there will be two parts to your recovery.
First, you must consider your physical recovery. Whiplash symptoms don’t always appear immediately at the accident scene. Accordingly, it is essential to see a healthcare professional even if you don’t have any immediate pain, and it is critical to follow your doctor’s treatment advice throughout your recovery period.
Next, you must consider your financial recovery. If you pursue a car accident claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future medical costs, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, property damage, transportation costs, and other losses.
The Kansas City car accident lawyers at Fletcher Law Office are here to help you. Call us today to discuss your car accident case and the potential compensation you may receive for whiplash and any other injuries you suffered in the crash.