Whiplash after an Auto Accident
Auto accidents account for millions of dollars in financial losses among Americans every year. These losses are related to property damage and the cost of medical treatment for the injuries sustained. One of the most common auto accident injuries is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by a sudden movement of the head. Whiplash can manifest symptoms many weeks after an accident, so it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an auto accident, even if there aren’t immediate signs of an injury. The auto accident attorneys at the Tawwater Law Firm have handled many cases involving auto accidents and whiplash in the Oklahoma City, OK area, and can offer reliable legal representation to accident victims seeking compensation for their injuries.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash injuries can be difficult to diagnose and treat. This is because the symptoms of whiplash are not always immediate. They may develop days, weeks, or even months later. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms do develop, some of the damage that has been sustained may already be permanent. Whiplash injuries can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. When symptoms do develop, the following may be signs of a whiplash injury:
- Neck pain
- Jaw pain or TMJ disorder
- Lower back pain
- Mild brain injury, such as concussion
In many cases, whiplash can be treated, and with proper care, any sustained injuries can be healed within six to nine months. A proper whiplash treatment plan may consist of chiropractic care, soft tissue rehabilitation, and at home care (which may include icing, stretching, and limiting certain activities). Unfortunately, some whiplash injuries do result in lifelong pain. It is important to have a doctor document all symptoms and treatments, including future medical needs, to ensure adequate compensation.
Because whiplash injuries can be so complex, it is important to work with a skilled auto accident attorney, such as those at the Tawwater Law Firm, when seeking compensation for damages. Once a claim is settled, future treatment will not be covered, so it is important to consider those needs when reaching an agreement.
Other losses that should be compensated include current medical expenses, lost wages or the loss of wage earning potential, pain and suffering, and property damage. Our attorneys will take all of these factors into account and will fight for maximum compensation for our clients. Our goal is to collect the compensation that is needed to get our clients on the road to a full physical, emotional, and financial recovery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident that resulted in personal injury, it is important to work with an experienced attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Schedule a consultation with one of the experienced auto accident attorneys at the Tawwater Law Firm at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case.