Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident. A whiplash injury can occur at any time when your head is suddenly moved in different directions — similar to the motion of cracking a whip. Injury occurs because these movements can push muscles and ligaments in your neck beyond normal ranges of motion.
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There are several symptoms of whiplash, including stiffness or pain in the neck or back region. Because of the neck’s proximity to the head and spinal cord, a whiplash injury may also include other symptoms like headaches, dizziness or blurred vision. In addition, there are several Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) that may result from a whiplash injury but carry on long after the accident. Similar to whiplash injuries, WADs often come with neck and back pain, but these are chronic conditions that may carry on for years.
There are several kinds of WADs, including:
- Facet joint pain — Joints in the neck and back, commonly mistaken for muscle pain
- Disk injury — A torn disk in the neck causes arm and neck pain
- Muscle strain — Muscle pains caused from protecting injured disks and joints
Obtaining Compensation For Your Injuries
Whether you are suffering from a whiplash injury or a WAD, you may be entitled to compensation. When another driver’s negligence caused an accident that resulted in your injuries, filing a personal injury claim may allow you to obtain compensation for the medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering and other costs that you may face as a result of your injuries. For a successful lawsuit, you may have to prove that the driver was not only negligent, but that their actions resulted in your injuries.
Retain Legal Professionals Experienced With Whiplash Injuries
Sometimes, whiplash injuries and WADs cannot be seen with an X-ray or MRI scan. However, there are other ways that medical professionals are able to determine the cause of your neck pain. At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we are prepared to work with medical experts in order to help our clients prove their injuries in court.
Work with a firm that has had countless successes in personal injury litigation since 1980. Our New York City motor vehicle accident lawyers have recovered more than $2 billion for our clients. Our legal team is equipped to handle complex personal injury cases, and with more than 300 years of combined experience, we may help you pursue an effective course of legal action. Whether you are preparing to take action against a negligent driver for your injuries or you are currently engaged in a lawsuit, contact our firm to explore all your options.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212.227.2780, or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation. Or you can email senior partner Abraham Jaros directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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