Do I Have Whiplash? Signs To Look For After An Accident
Oftentimes it is difficult to understand the extent of your injuries immediately following an accident. Sometimes it is because our bodies are in shock and it takes time to recognize any pain. Other times it is common to have delayed symptoms. Many types of accident injuries like TBI, spinal injuries, and whiplash do not show symptoms until days and sometimes weeks after the accident. It is important that immediately following an accident, you always see your physician. You also need to be mindful of your body and vigilant of any symptoms that could point to a delayed injury. One of the most important injuries to monitor for is whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is often the punchline on sitcoms and movies. The media has taught people that whiplash is a fake injury that is just used to get money from an accident. This is completely incorrect. In fact, whiplash is a severely debilitating injury that can impact your mobility, cognitive function, and causes a lot of pain. Whiplash gets its name from the phenomenon that happens when you’ve been impacted suddenly and your head whips forward and backward. This sudden whipping can cause a number of issues including soft tissue injuries like tears in the ligaments, cervical discs, muscles, joints, or nerves.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
After an accident, monitor yourself for these symptoms of whiplash, especially if your head jerked back and forth on impact:
● Pain in your neck
● Stiffness or difficulty turning your neck
● Pain in the shoulders and between your shoulder blades
● A tingling, numb, or painful sensation in the arms
● Tinnitus (also known as ringing in your ears)
● Difficulty sleeping and fatigue
● Dizziness, blurred vision, and confusion
● Irritability and depression
If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. The physician will investigate and find the cause of your injury.
What Happens To My Case If I Have A Delayed Diagnosis?
If you have a delayed diagnosis, it will be more of a challenge to get a settlement for your injuries. However, if you work with an auto accident attorney, they can help. The most important thing to do when you have a delayed diagnosis of an accident-related injury is connected it to the injury. There will be a lot of evidence and documentation that you will need to collect to show that the accident caused the injury regardless of when it was diagnosed. A skilled attorney knows exactly what to prove to make this case.
Can I Get Compensation For My Whiplash Injury?
Once you have proven that your whiplash is connected to the accident, you will be compensated. That is not to say that the insurance companies will play fairly. Legally you are entitled to that compensation. However, insurance companies will always try to get out of paying, regardless of the details of your claim. That is why the best way to ensure that you get full and fair compensation for all your accident-related injuries, no matter when you were diagnosed, is to hire an attorney. An attorney will fight the insurance companies and make sure they pay you a fair settlement.
If you are experiencing delayed whiplash symptoms from your auto accident, do not worry. Seek medical attention immediately and then give the team at Justice Pays a call. We have resolved over 10,000 auto accident cases and have made sure our clients get the full compensation for their accident injuries, even if they had delayed symptoms. Give us a call at 1-833-954-1234 for a free case review and to learn how we will fight to protect your rights.