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November 17, 2014

When can I Recover for Whiplash?

woman with whiplash injuryMost people are familiar with the term “whiplash,” as a common injury suffered by victims of auto accidents. In reality, whiplash [1] is not one specific injury, but refers to a range of injuries to soft tissue of the neck, including the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This type of injury is most common in rear-end collisions, as this type of collision often causes a victim’s head to suddenly jerk forward and then snap back, similar to the cracking of a whip. This sudden jerking motion can stretch, strain, sprain, or tear soft tissue in the neck and cause significant pain for victims.

What should I do if I believe I have suffered whiplash?

If you have been involved in any type of car accident, you should always undergo a medical evaluation. Symptoms of some injuries may not be apparent for days or even weeks following the accident, so you always want to be examined by a medical professional to identify any possible injuries of which you may not even be aware. You should certainly go to a doctor if you feel any sort of pain following an accident, even if it does not seem serious at first. Pain from whiplash and other similar injuries can increase as time passes, so you want to seek treatment as soon as possible for pain management and faster healing.

It is also highly important to go to the doctor because a doctor’s records can later be used as evidence that your injuries are real and show a temporal connection to the accident. A doctor may also offer his opinion that your injuries were, in fact, caused by the car accident. Such evidence is extremely important if you file a personal injury claim against the responsible driver. You should also undergo all recommended treatments, even if you are worried about the cost. Your health should be your number one concern and if the accident was someone else’s fault, you have the legal right to recover for all of your medical expenses and other losses.

Finally, if you believe your accident was caused by the negligence [2] of another party, you should always contact an experienced auto accident attorney in Philadelphia to discuss a possible legal claim.

[1] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/definition/con-20033090

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negligence

 

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