New Jersey Whiplash Injury Lawyer
By far, the most common injury resulting from car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury that causes the neck to snap and become over-extended. The acceleration/deceleration in car accidents is typically abrupt, which will cause the head to jerk and be stretched beyond its normal range of motion, thereby straining the muscles and ligaments of the neck. Extreme whiplash symptoms can even cause fractures to the neck vertebrae.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 84% of all neck injuries are classified as soft tissue injuries. A soft tissue injury simply means there is no broken bone or fracture. The effects of whiplash are not usually felt immediately following an accident. It usually takes a few days before the pain will become noticeable. You will begin to notice stiffness in your neck and difficulty moving. You might also feel pain in your shoulders and arms.
Most commonly, a whiplash injury is the result of a rear-end traffic collision, rather than a side impact or head-on collision, although that is possible. In the event of a car accident, kinetic energy will keep the bodies in the car moving forward. Because of restraints such as seat belts, the body will stop while the head will continue to move. This unnatural movement of the neck commonly results in hypertension injuries. Depending on the severity of the impact and how fast both vehicles were traveling, the extent of the whiplash injury will differ.
Whiplash symptoms are not always immediately recognized. But over the days following the car accident, you might experience:
• Tightness and stiffness in the neck
• A dully and achy neck pain
• Problems with balance and equilibrium
• Back pain
• Memory problems
• Difficulty with concentration
Front impact crashes have a higher risk of serious injury and death. Whiplash resulting from a head-on collision can cause injury to the upper cervical spine and hyperextension. Severe strain of this nature can leave a victim suffering from tension headaches, migraines and even vision problems for some time after the neck has healed. The extent of the injuries can also depend on what type of vehicle the individual was traveling in. The size of both vehicles can have a tremendous impact on both the nature and severity of the injuries. Airbags are required in vehicles for safety purposes, but they can actually cause additional injuries due to their impact when deployed.
If you are suffering from a whiplash injury, a car accident lawyer will most likely refer you to a medical specialist for treatment rather than a general physician. You may be referred to a back and neck expert, chiropractor or neurologist. Treatment for whiplash from such medical specialists can include immobilization of the neck (with a brace or cervical collar), range-of-motion and physical therapy, muscle relaxants, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and massage therapy. In a severe case of a whiplash injury, where muscle or ligament damage is extensive, cervical traction and even surgery may be necessary.
The symptoms of whiplash usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks, but many victims experience pain for weeks, months or even years. Although a full recovery is likely, these injuries are incredibly painful and may necessitate prolonged time off work in order to recover. This means you’ll need to rely on insurance to pay your bills
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident or other incident that caused suffering from a whiplash injury, it is crucial you receive medical attention immediately. Make sure to also contact an experienced personal injury lawyer shortly after to guarantee that your legal rights are protected and whether you might be able to collect damages to cover your losses. Contact an attorney at the law office of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for a free no obligation consultation. You can simply contact us online or call 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817.