Neck pain is very common to experience after a car accident, and it doesn’t show up right away. In worse cases, the pain can be severe enough to disrupt your life. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calculated that in 2012, the cost of claims where neck pain was the most serious injury was about $10 billion, around 26 percent of the total payout for crash injuries. Whiplash is a result of the soft tissues (the muscles and ligaments) of your neck being extended beyond their range of motion. In a car accident, whiplash occurs your head moves back and forth suddenly with great force, usually following a rear-end car collision.
As stated before, the symptoms of whiplash don’t usually appear for a while, so be sure that you pay attention to any physical changes for a few days following an accident. Symptoms will generally appear within 24 hours after the accident. Though, there are some instances where symptoms may develop after a few days. They tend to last for several weeks. Common whiplash symptoms include:
- discomfort and stiffness in the neck
- headaches near the base of the skull
- blurry vision
When you visit the doctor or ER after the accident, you will usually have MRIs and CT scans ordered to double check for whiplash and other injuries. An MRI or a CT scan can detect muscles, tendons or ligaments in your neck that have been injured. These scans and any paperwork related to your treatment are very important when building a strong case for compensation for your whiplash injuries, especially since these types of injuries are handled differently than obviously visible injuries (i.e. breaks, scars, and cuts). It is totally common for insurance companies to try and minimize payouts for non-visible injuries like whiplash. The more documentation you have, the better the outcome of your case. At One Law Group, PC in Beverly Hills, we know this and will ensure that your case is treated fairly. Our attorneys have advised victims of whiplash injuries confirm, retain, and pursue their legal rights in regard to a whiplash accident and injury.