If you’ve been injured in a car or truck accident, you might have concerns including how to pay for medical treatment after your accident. The Farber Law Group is a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington with more than 30 years experience representing car accident victims and their families.
We often represent car accident victims who have suffered a whiplash injury. Car accident victims can suffer whiplash injuries even in car accidents that appear relatively minor. A whiplash injury is often misunderstood and mistreated but can lead to loss of mobility, chronic pain, disability and symptoms including anxiety and depression.
Whiplash injuries can occur when a person’s neck rapidly moves forward and then backwards when the vehicle they are riding in struck from behind or involved in an accident. A whiplash injury is a term that can be used to describe an injury to the bone structures and the soft tissues of the neck.
While whiplash is not a life-threatening injury, it lead to partial disability which requires medical care.
While many people recover from a few weeks to a few months after their car accident, some whiplash injuries have lingering effects without proper treatment.
Symptoms of Whiplash
A whiplash injury can result in neck stiffness, pain, headache and shoulder pain and stiffness. Sometimes patients can also experience jaw pain, weakness in the limbs, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears and problems with vision.
Whenever a person suffers chronic pain, they can also experience depression, anxiety, stress, problems with sleep, frustration and anger.
After an accident, a patient will need to be examined by a physician to determine if there are injuries which reqire treatment. Based on reported symptoms and an examination, the doctor may prescribe a cervical collar around the neck. The doctor may also order x-rays to check for serious injuries. If the x-rays are normal but the patient still have pain, the patient may have soft tissue damage which does not show up on normal x-rays. MRI exams may be used to detect injuries to the soft tissues.
Treatment for Whiplash
Treatment for whiplash injury can vary but the injury often requires immobilization of the neck for a short period with a cervical collar followed by physical therapy. Studies have found that wearing a collar for too long can actually cause the muscles to atrophy. It is important that medical treatment be sought soon after the accident and treatment started as early as possible.
How a Personal Injury Attorney can help
If you have been injured in a car accident, a personal injury attorney can help you by reviewing your medical records; establishing how the injury affected you emotionally, physically and financially; and filing a claim for compensation on your behalf.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered whiplash injury in a car accident requiring medical intervention.