There are many different kinds of injuries that can occur as a result of a serious auto accident. Broken bones, severe lacerations, and various trauma to the brain can all be quite severe, requiring major medical treatment and even multiple surgeries and long-term rehabilitation. Our personal injury lawyers believe that the negligent parties who caused such accidents need to be held accountable, and we will fight to ensure that injury victims and their loved ones receive just compensation.
One kind of injury that is commonly experienced in auto accidents but misunderstood is whiplash. We'd like to explain these kinds of injuries briefly and how our team of attorneys will hold negligent parties responsible for these kinds of issues.
About Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash refers to a broad range of injuries that involve the sudden extension or distortion of the neck. These kinds of injuries are caused by a sudden jolt of the body that leads to issues with the vertebrae, the muscles, and/or the nerves in the cervical region of the spine.
The actual mechanism of the whiplash injury is described by the term "cervical acceleration-deceleration" or CAD; the signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury tend to be described by the term "whiplash associated disorders" (WAD).
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries
The most common signs and symptoms of whiplash injuries are as follows:
Pain in the neck or upper back
Pain in the shoulders
Sensations of pins and needles
These signs and symptoms may manifest immediately following an auto accident or may manifest several days after an accident.
How Auto Accidents Can Cause Whiplash Injuries
During an auto accident, the body is jarred very forcefully and very suddenly. This can lead to major distortion of the neck and its various parts, resulting in a whiplash injury.
High speed impacts increase the chances of a whiplash injury occurring, though neck problems have been reported in some impacts as low as 15 miles per hour. One of the most common kinds of impacts that lead to whiplash is a rear-end collision, in which a driver is bumped from behind.
Holding Negligent Motorists Accountable Is Our Job
Whiplash injuries and other kinds of traumas to the neck need to be taken very seriously, and our auto accident lawyers feel that the negligent motorists who cause injuries should be held accountable. It's for this reason that we work so diligently for our clients and always strive to help them in their time of legal need.
When seeking compensation, we will do our best to recover damages for the cost of medical care and any lost wages experienced as a result of the whiplash injury. If there is any kind of long-term impairment caused by the whiplash injury, we will be sure to seek damages for the changes in your quality of life.
Learn More About Your Legal Options Following an Auto Accident
If you would like to learn more about your legal options following a serious auto accident, be sure to contact our Daytona Beach and Palm Beach personal injury attorneys today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive just compensation for any injuries sustained and losses that you have experienced.