Sitcom writers often use “whiplash” as supposedly humorous shorthand for a minor, or even nonexistent, car crash injury. The implication is that the neck injury is easily faked and no big deal even when it actually occurs.
In reality, whiplash is no laughing matter. And if you or a loved one incurred whiplash recently, you know that the symptoms of the neck injury cannot be easily dismissed or treated.
The one thing TV show creators get correct is that rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash injuries, which result when a victim’s head snaps backward and forward in rapid succession. People inside a vehicle that gets hit from behind have very little protection from whiplash, as even a properly positioned headrest is only designed to restrict rearward head motion enough to prevent a snapped spinal cord.
Calling a Columbus whiplash injury attorney to discuss ways to hold a negligent, reckless, drunk, or drugged driver accountable for inflicting such significant harm can make sense.
The symptoms of whiplash can be produced by damage to vertebrae, muscle tears or strains, or bruising to the spinal cord itself. The sudden, violent, and unexpected snapping back and forth inflicts the injury, which is why getting punched or shaken violently by another person is the second leading cause of whiplash injuries.
Depending on the type of trauma inflicted, physical problems resulting from whiplash can range from soreness and headaches to ringing in the ears, memory loss, and depression. The Mayo Clinic lists these other typical symptoms of whiplash:
Whiplash claim usually takes months to fully resolve. Many people who suffer this injury require extensive physical therapy to fully regain control of their neck and back, and arm muscles. Sometimes, people must learn new ways to stand, sleep, and move to avoid renewed pain and having their muscles lock up. Other people end up living with chronic pain, persistent weakness, and limited range of motion.
The mocking portrayal of whiplash injuries in popular media can lead insurance company representatives and juries to take a person with neck injuries from a traffic accident or assault less than seriously. Partnering with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney will give a victim a dedicated ally who will fight to make the full impact of whiplash known.
An attorney who has represented other clients suffering from whiplash will know how to calculate the true financial toll of the injury, as well. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and time missed from work due to temporary or long-term disability add up. All are usually recoverable through personal injury claims and civil lawsuits, but the person struggling to recover from whiplash can increase his or her chances for receiving compensation and damages from the person who inflicted the injury by teaming up with a lawyer.
The attorneys in the Columbus, Ohio, offices of Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman offer free consultations on whiplash injury cases. You can request a no-pressure discussion with a lawyer by completing this online contact form or by reaching out to us by phone at (614) 221-3318.