Whiplash is far more serious than many think. Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries are problematic to prove.
“I mention whiplash injuries a lot, because this is quite often a consequence of being involved in a car wreck. The head and neck are whipped backwards and forwards, creating micro tears in the neck muscles. Don’t take the word ‘micro’ to mean minimal or little, as a tear could be extremely severe and cause the victim a lot of grief and pain. The problem with whiplash is that it can’t be seen and thus juries may have a hard time understanding the problem,” said Charlie Donahue, a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer located in Keene. Donahue handles injury cases in New Hampshire and across the United States.
While whiplash is most often the result of being rear-ended, this is not always exclusively the case. Even head-on collisions may result in soft tissue injuries to the head and neck area. It is quite common for someone involved in a wreck to experience pain in the neck area. “Typically, whiplash injuries may range from extremely serious to slight discomfort and last anywhere from a week to being in permanent pain with restricted motion,” Donahue said.
Whiplash is sneaky, because it does not always announce itself at the time of the actual physical collision. It may not show up for 12 or so hours or even longer. It is also not uncommon for whiplash to lie in waiting for several days before manifesting itself.
“This is one of the major reasons why car crash victims need to keep in close touch with their doctor to document this injury. This is information needed later for court,” New Hampshire personal injury lawyer Charlie Donahue said.
Whiplash is one of the injuries that most people hope they do not get when involved in a vehicle accident, as it quite often, depending on the severity, results in excruciating neck pain, backaches, severe headaches and vertigo. Other consequences are difficulty working and the inability to drive, sleep properly and live a normal life.
Treatments for whiplash, again based on severity, are often long-term and expensive and may involve ice and heat packs, pain relievers, remedial massage therapy, physical therapy, cortisone shots and prescription drugs. It may also mean numerous visits to the doctor, chiropractor, neurologist, osteopath and pain treatment centers.
“In other words, it’s a tremendous pain in the neck, tedious to treat, painful to endure and overwhelming in the extreme,” Donahue said.
For those who have been involved in a car wreck and are suffering the effects of whiplash, it’s vital to consult with a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer. Those who have been hurt as the result of someone else’s negligence are entitled to claim medical claims and more.
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