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Whiplash is a common injury in many car accidents, and particularly in rear-end collisions. It can lead to chronic neck pain, extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and long-term complications. Brainwashed defense attorneys and insurance company representatives want to believe that whiplash following a relatively low-speed rear-end accident is a made up injury that accident victims conjure up to get more money following an accident. Because there are no visible signs of the injury, they convince themselves that the person struck in the rear and suffering from whiplash must be making it up.
If you have suffered whiplash in a motor vehicle crash, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. for a consultation. We can tell you if you have a claim for compensation and what damages you may be able to recover.
Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by the forceful, whip-like motion of the head and neck in a crash when the vehicle is hit from behind. Rear-end collisions often cause whiplash injuries for drivers and passengers of the vehicle that was rear-ended. This type of injury can also be caused by sports injuries and other types of trauma.
As stated by the Mayo Clinic, whiplash symptoms usually develop within 24 hours of a car accident or injury. Symptoms may include:
Some people may also experience less obvious symptoms, including:
Although symptoms of whiplash improve in a few weeks for most people, some people experience pain and discomfort for months or years after the injury. Chronic pain is more likely to occur if initial symptoms were intense, started rapidly, and included headaches, severe neck pain, and pain that spread to the arms.
Risk factors for long-term effects with whiplash include:
Whiplash can cause a range of health problems that may last for months or years. It can make it more difficult to earn a living and diminish the enjoyment of life for the victim. Recovery may involve extensive medical treatment and physical therapy.
If whiplash results from an accident caused by the negligence of another, the responsible party should be held accountable. You may be entitled to file a claim for compensation for your injuries.
Our Manhattan personal injury lawyers can investigate your accident, build your case, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and help maximize your compensation. Your damages may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Although some people begin to recover from whiplash in a few weeks of the injury, for others it can have much longer-lasting consequences. If you have suffered whiplash injuries in a car accident caused by another, first seek medical attention, then contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys have been representing clients in Manhattan and NYC for more than a decade and we are tough advocates for injured people.