Whiplash affects about 83% of people involved in motor vehicle accidents, making it the most common injury to stem from these types of crashes. An increase in the quantity and frequency of these injuries over time is related to the fact that rear-end collisions have also increased.
The term “whiplash” is a colloquial and non-medical one. The mechanism of neck movement that describes the injury is called cervical acceleration-deceleration, while the family of symptoms and diagnoses that classify as this type of injury are collectively referred to as whiplash associate disorders or WAD. Whiplash injuries are poorly understood by medical community standards. However, studies on treatment have reported success in recovery outcomes, and patients suffering from this ailment can often expect positive future outcomes. Still, the road to recovery for a traumatic whiplash injury can be a bumpy one, and some patients endure chronic residual pain for months or years, and others risk life-threatening late sequelae such as cervical artery dissection.
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The most common causes of whiplash are auto accidents. Typically, this injury occurs at the end of the crash event and frequently results from rear-end collisions. The injury itself is a result of exceptional force being applied to the neck in such a way that the neck and head are forced outside of their normal range of motion. This hyper-extension can take the form of a forced “s” shape to the spine and an untenable force and weight load to the lumbar spine and cervical spine. This is what results in injuries to the muscle, tendons, and ligaments in and around the neck.
A few other causes of whiplash injury frequently seen in the personal injury space include:
Whiplash is a non-medical term used to refer to injuries of the soft tissue of the neck. Medical diagnoses of the various conditions that are colloquially described as whiplash may include specific terms of cervical strain, sprain, or hyper-extension; for example, acceleration flexion-extension neck injury or soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury. After your accident, your doctor will conduct an exam to determine the scope and severity of your neck injury and classify it accordingly. The exam may include the following:
Whiplash can often be self-diagnosed due to its signature symptoms. However, as with all health-related matters, it is always best to confirm injuries and ailments with medical professionals. Expert diagnosis results in a better understanding of the injury, leading to ideal healing and recovery strategy. In the context of personal injury claims, it is essential that you are checked out by a medical professional who can confirm the specific medical designation of your neck/back injury and prescribe the appropriate course of treatment.
An additional reason to visit with a healthcare professional if you suspect a whiplash injury after your accident is because whiplash can range in severity depending on a range of factors. The specific circumstances of the wreck or accident that caused the injury will impact the intensity of the injury. Help your doctor predict the best recovery strategy and set expectations for the course of treatment by sharing information about your accident and following their guidance. Factors that can play a role in the severity of a neck injury include:
After the injury is sustained and the doctor has completed the examination, the severity of the injury in medical terms may be classified in a 0-4 graded scale developed by the Quebec Task Force on whiplash-associated disorders and adapted by the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Department of Neurological Surgery.
|0||No complaint about the neck. No physical signs.|
|1||Neck complaint of pain, stiffness, or tenderness only. No physical signs.|
|2||Neck complaint or musculoskeletal signs (e.g., decreased range of motion, point tenderness).|
|3||Neck complaint or neurological signs (e.g., decreased or absent deep tendon reflexes, weakness, sensory deficits).|
|4||Neck complaint and fracture or dislocation.|
Symptoms of whiplash can range in intensity depending on the force that caused the injury, the particular physicality of the individual, the time since the injury, and other factors. Symptoms typically fall into 3 categories, and you may experience some, none, or all of these with your whiplash experience.
|Neck Pain||Neck Stiffness||Concentration Problems|
|Shoulder Pain||Dizziness||Focus Problems|
|Low Back Pain||Numbness in Arm||Memory Problems|
|Arm Pain||Numbness in Hand||Sleeplessness|
|Hand Pain||Ringing in Ears (tinnitus)||Stress or Anxiety|
|Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain||Blurred Vision||Irritability|
|Sensitivity to Noise|
|Sensitivity to Light|
We provide whiplash victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our accident injury lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.
Prior to the popularization of the car, whiplash injuries were called “railway spine” because they were most frequently seen in train collisions. In the current day, car crashes are the most common reason for sustaining whiplash. Occurrence is extremely common – impacting 83% of people involved in car wrecks.
Prevention of whiplash is tremendously difficult. Adjusting the height and fit of your car headrest for you and your passengers’ height and stature can help mitigate the risk and severity of this neck injury. However, the minor successes illustrated in studies of improved head restraint systems are very insignificant – only about 5-10% improvement. More study and innovation are required and in development for multiple types of head restraints: standard, integrated, adjustable, active, and automatically adjusting.
In some cases, symptoms can be managed by home treatments to help with pain, discomfort, and disorientation. In others, doctors and chiropractors may prescribe specific medical treatments or therapies. Advised treatment is based on the severity of the neck damage, body composition and tolerances, age, health, prior or concurrent injuries, medications, and patient preferences.
Standard recommendations for treatment across the medical community include:
Still, some disagreement exists in the medical community around whiplash, and particularly around the treatment that should take place in the first 24-48 hours after the injury is sustained. The core of the debate has to do with how much motion is advisable in this period. Some experts maintain a belief that wearing a soft collar and limiting movement protects the neck from further damage, while others suggest that some muscle movement is beneficial to a quicker and easier recovery.
Fortunately, for most people whiplash pain is corrected or resolved within a couple of weeks to a few months. Still, lingering pain may persist for longer. There is a lack of consensus in medical research as to the duration of symptoms and injury. Some studies have indicated that 25-40% of patients experience symptoms through the 1-year mark, and others indicate about 40% of patients experience pain past the 7-year mark. Around the measurables of these studies, there are a lot of remaining questions about what patients can expect in their journey to recovery.
Despite the ongoing scientific study, it is extremely important to trust the advice of your doctor and follow their guidance for your specific recovery, and it may be helpful to keep in mind that there is a chance that your injury may be more impactful and long-lasting than initially anticipated. While you focus on your health, turn to your compassionate and expert legal team at Thompson Law. Your Thompson Team will fight the insurance companies and your accident’s at-fault parties for you. Their commitment to the optimum outcome and your maximum rightful compensation drives everything they do. Being patient with the recovery process and taking good care of yourself is essential.
Over ten years ago, the overall economic burden of whiplash was estimated at $3.9 billion annually and over $29 billion if litigation was added in with the factors of medical care, disability, and sick leave. In today’s dollars this would be $4,825,728,506 and $35,883,622,228 respectively.
The secondary impacts that result from this type of injury are the ramifications to your life. Pain from whiplash can result in missed work and lost wages, adding financial strain on top of physical pain. Auxiliary injuries can occur as you strain other parts of your musculature system to avoid the pain in your neck.
Thompson Law understands how difficult it can be to return to life as usual after a serious accident. Our passion is in fighting for just compensation for our clients. See our track record of successful settlements related to whiplash and other related complications and injuries here.
Traumatic head injuries, closed head injuries, permanent brain injury, spinal cord injury, quadriplegia, and other skull and spine damage can interact and intertwine with whiplash injuries from an accident. If you or someone you love have suffered harm in an accident, reach out to Thompson Law right away for the help and justice you deserve.
Have you suffered a whiplash injury from a motor vehicle, workplace, slip, and fall, or another type of accident? Thompson Law truly understands the painful, frustrating, and expensive implications that these injuries can have on your body and your life. Our empathetic legal consultants are standing by 24/7 to speak with you about your accident and resulting injuries. The consultation is free, and there’s no fee unless we win.
When you reach out to the Thompson Law firm following your whiplash injury, your expert attorney will guide you every step of the way through your claim and case process. They will be able to examine and investigate every detail of the events surrounding your injury. Armed with this information, your dedicated team will go to battle for your best possible settlement and your highest rightful compensation. Our results speak for themselves, and our passion to seek justice for our clients is limitless.
Suffering a traumatic whiplash injury like this after a serious accident can make recovery and healing a full–time job. Take care, focus on your health, and leave the hard work of fighting the insurance companies and at-fault parties to your trusted lawyer at Thompson Law.
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