In a vehicle collision, a common personal injury that will occur is whiplash. This takes place when a head is made to hurl backwards, and then forward, such as what occurs during a jarring and jolting motor vehicle collision. Medical doctors call this a “hyperextension” from being jerked forward, and a “hyperflexion”, for being jerked backwards. Getting jerked like this, will cause serious injuries to a neck and upper torso, like the upper rhomboids, and trapezium. The damage caused by whiplash can include intervertebral joint damage, disc damage, damages to the ligaments, and cervical spine injury and other orthopaedic injury. This can also cause traumatic and mild traumatic brain injury.
Muscles & Nerves
Muscles and nerves will also often become damaged in such a way as to cause future pain and suffering. Whiplash may be coupled with a concussion, or a more serious side effect. This is because passengers and drivers of passenger cars often hit their heads on the inside of the car they are riding in at the moment of impact. When a head is flying forwards and backwards, it can sometimes even break a skull open and result in a skull fracture. Whiplash may present a situation where it will cause future pain and suffering.
Some whiplash accidents may permanently damage the tissues around the neck. This could make it more likely you will be injured again, need money for prescription drugs, and be forced to take drugs to control your neck pain. This is all part of the civil claim for damages for lost wages, lost income and past, present and future pain and suffering damages. can be short term or life long, and can leave the neck forever vulnerable to injury. The tort injury can also manifest itself to the deltoids, biceps and triceps muscles and even your hands.
Ten Percent of all Whiplash Injuries Result in Permanent Disability
Every year,10 percent of all car crash victims in the United States who receive a whiplash injury – which amounts to about 1,000,000 people – are long term injuries like brain injuries that will result in future medical care and loss of earnings to the tort victim. About twenty five (25) percent of those injuries will require medication for chronic pain. It will usually be impossible to work in a meaningful job when trying to undergo pain management simultaneously.
One out of about every seven whiplash cases show the plaintiff’s physical and mental pain and suffering is significant for longer than three (3) years from the date of the tort. Whiplash is easily diagnosed by an experienced medical physician. This is done by the rendering of a physical examination and usually includes the taking of x-rays, and sometime a cat-scan or mri. This way, the whiplash doctors can check and see if the films or computer animation shows a fracture, broken bone, and a problem with the cervical spine and the discs of the vertebrae. The procedure will also usually pick up objective problems like neck alignment as well.
Reverse Natural Curve
Sometimes the spine will actually reverse from its natural curve may be reversed. This will usually cause uneven distribution of body weight. This can cause even more serious injuries requiring a chiropractor. This is because it will exacerbate and misalign the veterbrate. Later in life these injuries often result in painful bursitis. This condition can lead to arthritic degeneration and recurring pain. Many professional athletes have this condition, often known as bursitis and it is very painful. Fortunately for these athletes, many of them can afford top rate medical care and don’t need to work when they retire. If that’s not you, you need an experienced advocate such as Ehline Law.
We advise you to take drive in the ambulance to a hospital. There your neck can be stabilized and you will be given a hard or soft collar depending on your condition. You will need to tell the doctor about how the other driver caused the accident and make sure to tell your doctor how seriously you have been hurt. Later your doctor may be called as a witness. If all of your complaints are not written down in a medical record, the defense attorneys will say you weren’t hurt as bad as you are claiming and that on that basis, you lack credibility. If a jury finds that your lack credibility in a jury trial, you will seriously hamper your whiplash attorneys when they litigate your car accident. This could cause a defense verdict, leaving you with medical bills and future pain and suffering. If you were set on a back board, this is because the ambulance and emt thought your injuries might be serious.
Our firm has seen that treatment for whiplash is based upon many factors. One of those factors is how much the forces involved will jarred your head and neck, spine joints like discs, muscles ligaments and nerves: You will need to undergo physical therapy. This will sometimes consist of cold and hot treatments, electric muscle stimulation like traction. You may have to wear a cervical collar for a long time, or worse. You may require a stiff collar.
There are also other methods such as ultrasound, massage, trigger point conditioning. Getting a physical therapist is a good way to go. This can help realign your neck without further injuring the surrounding muscle and tissue. You will need to see a neurologist and take pain meds like Vicodin. These are narcotics and my cause chemical dependency. Contact us to discuss this very common personal injury known as whiplash.