Whiplash from Car Accidents
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Whiplash is a term coined to describe hyperextension of the neck. It is common in car accidents because of the way passengers are fastened. In an accident, the car comes to a sudden stop. To prevent passengers from flying through the window, we wear seatbelts. These seatbelts keep the body in place, but the head has free range of motion. This is what causes neck hyperextension known as whiplash.
Whiplash and Rear End Car Accidents
Whiplash is perhaps most common in rear end collisions. When a vehicle is hit from behind, it propels the vehicle, and the passengers' heads, forward. Rear end accidents are almost always the fault of the driver in the rear. If your whiplash injury is serious enough, you may be able to pursue a claim against the wrongdoer (the other driver).
You may not realize that you have whiplash until a day or two after your collision.
When injured individuals do begin to experience symptoms, they come in the form of:
- Stiffness or pain in the neck
- Headaches or migraines
- Difficulty seeing straight
- Dizziness or nausea
It can take two to three months for these symptoms to go away. In the meantime, whiplash victims are usually prescribed painkillers. In serious cases, they may have to wear a neck brace.
False Claims of Whiplash
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury, and it is also one of the most common false injury claims. Many people, in attempt to secure insurance money, falsely claim that their neck was injured in a car accident. Because so many people cry wolf, it can be difficult for insurance companies to determine who is telling the truth without concrete evidence.
This is a major reason why going to the hospital after an accident is so important. It ensures that not only do you get the treatment you need, you get a written record confirming your injury, which is what the insurance company will look for.
Get a Free Accident Evaluation
If you sustained whiplash in a car accident, contact an attorney at the Tampa injury law firm of Givens Givens Sparks. We provide free and confidential case evaluations for accident victims. You pay nothing unless we secure a financial recovery on your behalf.
The process of filing a claim or lawsuit can be complex, and insurance companies often deny certain types of valid claims or offer a low settlement in the hopes that you will accept it. Fortunately, our firm never relents until you receive a fair settlement or verdict. How do you know what amount is fair?
That is where our team of lawyers can help. There are many types of damages that are possible in any injury case, and evaluating your case before moving forward is a key factor in the amount of the settlement you will receive. We are well versed in all aspects of personal injury law and know how to present your case in a way that brings about the optimum results.