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Whiplash is NO Joke

Whiplash is NO Joke

Driver Suffering From Whiplash After Traffic Collision | Whiplash is no jokeIn many ways, whiplash has been trivialized into a joke or an exaggeration to attempt to collect compensation from a minor car accident. We’ve all seen whiplash injuries portrayed as dishonest on sitcoms, TV dramas, and in the movies. The truth is, however, that whiplash is no joke.  It can be a very serious injury caused by a seemingly minor car accident. In fact, whiplash is the most common injury sustained in a car accident.

Whiplash refers to an injury that happens to the soft tissues of the head, neck, or back when a person’s head is thrust forward and then suddenly snapped backward. This injury is typical of a rear-end collision, although it can happen in any type of car accident. And while many of these injuries are not severe and heal within a couple of weeks, some symptoms may persist and be indicative of more serious complications. It is an injury to be taken seriously, as it can contribute to long-term pain and Degenerative Disc Disease.

Whiplash Injury Facts

Studies have shown that 45% of whiplash victims are still symptomatic 12 weeks after their accident, and 25% of them were symptomatic after 12 weeks. Even the least severe cases needed a minimum of 8 weeks to recover. Additional whiplash statistics include:

  • Most injuries occur at speeds less than 12 mph
  • The threshold for injuries of cervical spine soft tissues is as low as 5 mph
  • Mild traumatic brain injury can result from whiplash style injuries

 

Symptoms of Whiplash

Symptoms typically manifest within 24 hours of the incident causing whiplash. However, development of symptoms may be delayed and not become apparent for many days. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, as well as neck pain and stiffness.

Many symptoms dissipate quickly with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice or heat therapy. However, chronic pain that is not relieved by prescription medicine and physical therapy may be indicative of a more serious medical condition. Symptoms of a more serious injury include:

  • Severe neck pain
  • Pain radiating down the arms
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the arms, hands, chest, or legs
  • Weakness in the arms, hands, or legs, or
  • Inability to move your head

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Why You Need an Attorney

Insurance companies are notoriously suspicious of whiplash injury claims. So suspicious, in fact, that they may go to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying a claim. Insurance companies employ a variety of tactics to avoid paying medical bills after an accident. They will argue that the injuries were pre-existing or weren’t caused by the accident. In the case of whiplash, they may argue that the injury isn’t even real.

They may even have you followed by an investigator. This person will seize any opportunity to photograph you performing tasks you should not be doing, so they can say you are faking your injury. They may view your online social media photos to gain evidence that you are not as injured as you claim to be. And if all else fails, they will most certainly offer you a ridiculously low settlement offer with a tough “take it or leave it” approach.

Because of this, it is crucial that you follow your doctor’s instructions after your whiplash injury. Make sure you keep all of your therapy and doctor’s appointments and fill all pain medications promptly. Insurance companies will do anything to avoid paying your claim. They will offer low-ball settlements, and delay or completely deny payment of your whiplash injury claim. This is not acceptable and whiplash victims are not alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can fight the insurance company and collect the money you need to fully recover from your whiplash injury.

Contact Our Experienced Broomfield Whiplash Lawyers

Denver Personal Injury Attorneys Hull & Zimmerman PCIf you or someone you love has sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident in Broomfield, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, or anywhere in Colorado, it is important to contact our experienced Broomfield whiplash injury attorneys immediately. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed personal injury lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.

 

Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims in Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado.

 

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