Whiplash Injuries: Causes and Treatments

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that result in car accidents. In some cases, they may be quite serious. Although this is a common injury, many people don’t seek medical help for it. Often people don’t even notice a whiplash injury until a few days later when the back pain worsens.

Sometimes even a few days without treatment can make the injury even more serious.

You should seek medical help immediately even if you don’t feel excruciating pain.

This type of injury requires treatments and therapy (sometimes it may be lengthy) and to cover that you should seek a compensation claim. Ask a New Mexico car accident attorney to help you.

How Whiplash Injuries Happen

Whiplash can happen in any type of car accident, although most people think they only happen in rear-end collisions. Direct collisions and t-bone accidents also can cause whiplash.

Whiplash happens when a big force causes the structures within the neck to move from its natural curve of the upper back and neck. The neck hyperextends which can injure the joints of the neck due to muscles and ligaments overstretching. The neck is exposed to a higher risk of whiplash because of its ability to move in many directions. Women suffer from whiplash twice as much as men because of their anatomy. Women have fewer muscles and their bodies are more flexible.

What to Do After the Crash?

Take the whiplash seriously. Even though there are cases where people get over it without complications, don’t assume that your case is the same as everyone else’s. When the accident happens, many people don’t have any pain, even if they have substantial injuries. This happens because the body releases adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that prevent pain so you can react well during the accident. But these hormones will wear off soon and when that happens, the pain will become excruciating.

In the following night and day, you may experience swelling in the injured area. Although it feels sore, the swelling is a protective response of your body. In most cases, these injuries involve gentle soft tissue like ligaments and muscles, so if the injury isn’t related right ahead, the injury will continue to irritate and may become worse.

Symptoms of Whiplash

If you were in an accident and feel any of these symptoms, you may have suffered whiplash:

  • Upper back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Burning or tingling sensations

When to See a Doctor

Even if you know that you’re injured, you might not be sure how to treat whiplash and which doctor to see for treatment. Best seek help at the urgent care for injuries such as broken bones or lacerations. Although they won’t treat your problem, they would at least give you pain killers. You should seek help from a chiropractor (trained specialists in adjusting the spine)

Some accident victims won’t rush to the doctor even after the accident, believing that the pain will go away on its own. However, if the symptoms are harsh, you aren’t able to move, have trouble functioning properly, it’s time to seek help. Your doctor should rule out any broken bones or other spinal or head injuries.

Paying for Whiplash Treatment After A Car Accident

Once the fault is determined, and you aren’t responsible for the accident, the other party’s car insurance should cover your damages and injuries. This claim should be enough to cover medical expenses.

In case you were at fault or you were a victim of a hit-and-run accident you may have med-pay coverage with your car insurance. The amount of coverage your car insurance provides depends on the type of plan you have.

Do You Need an Attorney

Generally speaking, hiring a lawyer after an accident is a good choice. Instead to bother with legal terms, and wonder if you’re doing things right, let your attorney do that job for you. Some victims aren’t able to do this on their own, while healing, so the lawyer is of great help.

When you file for a compensation claim, no matter how harsh your injuries are, you can expect to get a lower offer. This isn’t uncommon considering the fact that insurance companies would always go for a lower amount. But, your attorney will negotiate the offer and wouldn’t accept it until it is suitable for you.

FBD Law will review your case and help you with your case.

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