Whiplash Injury

A whiplash injury occurs when the head and neck are suddenly impacted by rapid force and pressure causing them to move backward and forwards.

The snapping action is called whiplash because it resembles the action of cracking a whip; it is a fast and forceful event. A typical whiplash injury occurs to occupants of a vehicle when struck from behind. Their heads and necks move sharply backward then snap forward in an uncontrolled way. The force of the event damages the bones, soft tissues, ligaments, and tendons in the neck or cervical spine.

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Whiplash, also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), is one of the most common types of injuries people sustain from car accidents. Whiplash can leave people with long-lasting injuries that impact their ability to work and live a full life. This is why it is crucial to call a whiplash lawyer at Jacoby and Meyers to ensure you receive justice and full compensation for your specific injuries.

When Should Someone Call a Whiplash Lawyer After an Accident?

The first thing anyone should ever do after they have been in any type of accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Your health and safety always comes first. Whiplash is not a temporary pain, so even if your neck feels fine, you should have a doctor examine you. In fact, physical damage is only exacerbated when an early whiplash diagnosis is not given, so be sure to get a full checkup in the emergency room as soon as possible. Also, seeing a doctor right away will help your whiplash lawyer ensure you get the highest possible compensation.

Once you have been seen and treated by a doctor, call a whiplash lawyer at Jacoby and Meyers for a free consultation. We will take your information and give you a clear understanding of your rights, help protect you from being taken advantage of by insurance companies, and also make sure you are getting the right medical treatment.

It is crucial to speak with a whiplash lawyer before you give a statement to your insurance company, as it is a spoken testimony and can be used against you when filing a claim. Whiplash injury lawyers know exactly how to navigate insurance companies and their claims adjusters, thus protecting your right to full compensation.

What Causes Whiplash?

Typically, whiplash occurs in car accidents. Most drivers and passengers wear seat belts that hold their body in place while the neck and head remain free to move. When a vehicle suddenly brakes, or there is a collision, the force can cause the neck and head to accelerate forward while the body remains strapped in place causing a snap or injury. Whiplash isn’t usually detected right away, as the human brain picks up on the danger and releases hormones called cortisol and adrenaline that mask the pain. This is why it is important to go to the doctor to be examined, even if you feel fine. When the numbing feeling subsides, the victim could feel a number of symptoms that include the following:

  • Neck pain
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Impaired vision
  • Vomiting and dizziness
  • Ringing sensation in ears

These symptoms can even persist for a long time frame, and the condition can get worse without immediate diagnosis and treatment.

While the most common causes of whiplash occur in car accidents, there can be other events that lead to this injury type. For example, roller coaster malfunctions, scooter accidents, motorcycle accidents, a fall, a physical act of violence. Basically, any action that moves the head and neck away from the body, be it a punch to the head, a fall where one’s head hits something on the way down, or anything else with significant force, a whiplash injury is possible.

Does a Whiplash Lawyer Help Clients with Nerve Damage Get Higher Settlements?

A frequent result of whiplash is when nerves emerge from the spine. Shifts in the bones and spatial cavities can compress nerve roots causing symptoms that appear in multiple parts of the body along the pathway associated with the neck injury. Nerve damage can be extremely painful, have life-long impacts, and require one to have surgery. Every case varies, however, when nerve damage is present in a whiplash injury, victims tend to see higher settlements due to the severity and length of recovery. If the nerve damage prohibits one from working, the settlement will be substantially higher. An experienced whiplash lawyer will be able to prove the nature of your case, and ensure you get the highest compensation you deserve.

Why Should I invest with a Whiplash Lawyer if I can Get a Settlement through Insurance?

There is a reason why insurance companies are so eager to help people after an accident: when a victim partners with a whiplash lawyer, the settlement they receive is almost always substantially higher than had they just dealt with insurance alone. In fact, some personal injury victims with whiplash have left multiple thousands and even millions of dollars on the table that they were eligible to collect due to the nature of their injuries. The best whiplash lawyers will take their fee after you have won your case, and even with the legal investment, victims still get significantly better medical treatment and higher cash settlements by having an expert personal injury attorney navigating the system and demanding the highest compensation for their client’s physical and emotional suffering, as well as other losses.

Call a whiplash injury lawyer at Jacoby and Meyers for a free consultation today, and learn exactly where you stand in the eyes of the law when it comes to seeking justice and reimbursement for your pain and losses.

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