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Whiplash is one of the most common spinal injuries people suffer, but many people don’t really understand what it is or how serious it can be. Over 100,000 people in the United States suffer from whiplash injuries annually. These neck injuries can have a tremendous financial impact on accident victims, with mounting medical bills to treat chronic pain, lost wages and sick leave, not to mention the months or even years of physical suffering.
While television shows and other pop culture sources have sometimes implied that whiplash is a “made-up” injury that can be used to file frivolous lawsuits, in fact, whiplash is potentially a very serious medical condition. If you have suffered whiplash in a car crash or other accident, you need to speak with an experienced lawyer knowledgeable in Denver whiplash injury laws to discuss your options. Fuicelli & Lee are committed to pursuing full, fair, and complete compensation for every client. Please call Fuicelli & Lee at (303) 355-7202 for a free case evaluation.
What Is Whiplash?
The actual name for the neck injury popularly known as whiplash is neck sprain or neck strain, depending on the severity. The actual injury is damage to the soft tissue of the cervical vertebrae (neck), which can cause symptoms from stiffness to headaches to cognitive and emotional damage.
The name whiplash probably comes from the way the injury occurs. It generally involves the head whipping in one direction and then another very swiftly and suddenly, like a passenger in a car that is struck from behind. In fact, car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injuries.
The neck injury occurs because muscles and ligaments in the neck move beyond their normal ranges, which may damage the discs between the vertebrae.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries?
Neck pain is the most obvious symptom of a sprained neck, but often there are associated symptoms, such as
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
Less common symptoms of whiplash injury include,
- Cognitive impairment
- Memory loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
The symptoms of whiplash often appear within days after the injury. But sometimes, symptoms don’t appear until several weeks later, which can make insurance companies suspect that the victim is making the symptoms up.
If you have suffered whiplash in a car accident in Denver, talk with a Denver whiplash injury lawyer as soon as possible; they can help negotiate with your insurance company so you can be fully compensated for your neck injury.
What Is the Prognosis?
Most people are able to recover from whiplash injuries within a few months. However, at the onset, there may be significant lost time at work or loss of normal daily activities. The initial treatment typically involves prescription painkillers or muscle relaxants; physical therapy is often the main treatment. In some cases, however, there may be residual pain for which no physical cause is found. In some cases, there can be very long-lasting effects.
What Should I Do After a Whiplash Injury?
With any injury, taking care of your physical health is the most important thing. Be sure to carefully follow all the advice and procedures your doctor or physical therapist proscribed. However, with the potential for financial loss between the lost wages, sick leave, and potential for long-term pain, you also need the advice of an experienced Denver injury attorney.
How Can Denver Whiplash Injury Attorneys Help Me?
Whiplash pain can chip away at your quality of life. You don’t need to suffer in silence. If you were involved in an accident and suffered injuries to your neck, contact our Denver personal injury lawyers. Even if your symptoms didn’t appear until days or weeks after the accident, consulting with an experienced lawyer may increase your chances of recovering fair compensation for your medical bills or other expenses.
Here’s how our personal injury lawyers can help you:
Investigate your car accident
Our attorneys have experience investigating accident scenes. We can gather information, talk to witnesses, and discuss your care with your physician, physical therapists, and others.
Identify all sources of compensation
Colorado is an at-fault auto insurance state. That means drivers in Denver and throughout Colorado who suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident that wasn’t their fault can seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance coverage to pay for all of your accident-related expenses, you can either file a claim for the excess expenses through your own insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Or, you can talk with an attorney about filing a personal injury case.
Determine the value of your damages
Most people don’t realize the full extent of damages they suffer from a car accident that results in a whiplash injury. Our Denver personal injury lawyers will review your medical records and other documents to determine the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so you can get fair compensation for your damages.
Negotiate with the insurance companies
Knowing the value of the damages you suffered gives our Denver personal injury lawyers bargaining power when dealing with insurance companies. Insurance adjusters are notorious for low-balling accident victims when it comes to settlement offers. Never take a settlement offer from an insurance company without first talking to a lawyer.
Take your case to court
Some insurance companies refuse to offer a fair settlement until they are faced with a car accident lawsuit. Most will settle before the case goes to court. However, our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers. They can argue your case in court should it come to that
Contact the Denver Personal Injury Lawyers at Fuicelli & Lee
The dedicated Denver whiplash injury attorneys at the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee are committed to working with people who have had whiplash injuries to recover the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has sustained a neck sprain in an accident, Fuicelli & Lee can evaluate the details of your case, help you determine whether there has been negligence, and decide whether you should pursue a legal claim.
At Fuicelli & Lee, we are committed to pursuing full, fair, and complete compensation for every client. For a free consultation, please call (303) 355-7202 today. Our attorneys have offices in Denver, Longmont, and Pueblo, and we serve the Front Range region of Colorado.
Fuicelli & Lee, PC – Denver Office
1731 Gilpin Street
Denver, CO 80218
P: (303) 355-7202