Nearly one-fifth of drivers and passengers that are involved in rear-end car accidents will suffer some level of neck strain, neck sprain or “whiplash,” as it is more commonly called. Sadly, even though whiplash is a real injury, many people associate the word “whiplash” with a fraudulent injury. Perhaps one reason for this association is that whiplash injuries can be extremely difficult to diagnose—and even more difficult to prove. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, contact the Longmont whiplash injury attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. today.
How can I have whiplash—my car wasn’t even damaged that much? This is a common belief that makes it difficult for whiplash victims to obtain the help they need to recover. Yet some studies have shown that there is a greater likelihood of injury to the neck when the damage to the vehicle is minimal. While this may seem terribly inaccurate, the potential for injury is related to the change in velocity (of the passengers) relative to the time it takes for that change to occur. There are numerous factors that can contribute to whiplash injury, including:
If another car hits your car from the rear—even at low speeds—your vehicle is shoved rapidly forward, and the seat pushes your body forward at the same rate of speed. Your head does not have the same level of support as your body does, meaning your neck is rapidly pushed into a forward bend, followed by an equally quick backward bend. In other words, your neck makes a “whipping” motion right before it meets the head restraint on your seat. This intense snapping of your neck can move your vertebrae from where they are meant to be, leaving you with radiating pain, which can travel through your entire upper body. Your range of motion can be significantly limited by whiplash–even more so if the car that hit you is considerably larger than your own.
Most people who suffer whiplash will have a stiff neck which may be tender or painful. Additional symptoms can include:
The problem—as it relates to collecting for your very real whiplash injury—is that this type of soft tissue injury may not show up on a CT scan, MRI or x-ray. While your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants, pain medications and anti-inflammatories, in truth, your health may never return to “normal,” and you could suffer some level of chronic neck pain for months, years, or the rest of your life. Some studies suggest that those who have suffered a severe whiplash injury may be more likely to develop arthritis in the neck, shoulder, and arm area later on in life.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident in Longmont or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, it is important that you contact an experienced and qualified Longmont car accident attorney immediately.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Longmont whiplash injury attorney on the Fuicelli & Lee team to provide the best service possible.
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