Whiplash and Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash is an injury to the neck often referred to as a neck strain. It is caused by sudden backward or forward jerking motion of the head. Vertebrae in the cervical spine, discs, ligaments or nerve roots may be damaged. Whiplash is frequently caused by car accidents, but can also be caused by falls, or other trauma to the head and upper torso.
Whiplash injuries can be really hard to overcome and take many months to recover from. Sometimes these injuries will resolve themselves on their own, but other times it takes weeks or months of consistent medical care from a chiropractor, massage therapist, chiropractor, or combination thereof to really make someone feel like they did before their injury.
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain in the shoulders and upper back
- Pain or numbness in the arm or hand
- Pain in the lower back
- Inability to concentrate or loss of memory
- Unusual fatigue and disruptive sleep patterns
Standard X-Rays will generally not show soft injury issues frequently associated with Whiplash. More expensive imaging utilizing CT or MRI scans may be required to diagnose the injury. Treatment may include pain relief medications such as Advil, Aleve or Motrin. Exercise, physical therapy, traction, and massage may be recommended by physicians. Whiplash frequently results in loss of income due to reduced work hours or the inability to work. Additional expense will likely be incurred for medical testing, treatment, etc.Soft Tissue Injuries
Whiplash can also be called soft tissue injuries, or another way to think of it, whiplash injuries can also lead to soft tissue injuries. Many people in the medical community and insurance industry refer to whiplash as a soft tissue injury. What is a soft tissue injury? If there is a rapid change in one direction that leads to your body absorbing the force of impact. Soft tissue injuries result in three different but common forms. The first is a sprain.
A sprain is common in particular after a car accident. It comes when there is a ligament that has been abnormally stretched or torn. Ligaments connect bones. The second is a contusion. A contusion is another name for a bruise. Severe forces or blows to the muscle fiber can cause a contusion.
These significant forces can crush fibers in the muscle, resulting in discoloration, such as black and blue bruises, in the area that was harmed. The third is a strain. A strain typically injures the muscles and tendons. Neck strains are also known as whiplash injuries as they are often usually interchangeably.Common Causes for Whiplash Injuries
If you have been the victim of a whiplash injury, the chances are that you have been injured in one of the following ways:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Bus accident
- Crosswalk accident
All of these accidents can cause you tremendous suffering for your whiplash injury or soft tissue injury. If you have been injured by a car accident or truck accident felt the effects of a whiplash or soft tissue injury, you need to seek immediate medical care.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance companies, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you.
We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. We can help you recover money for the following:
- Medical bills
- Out of pocket expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
There are many instances when an insurance company for the driver who hit you will allege that you were somehow responsible for the accident that caused your whiplash injuries. If this is the case, then you will need an attorney who can help fight for you to prove that you were not at fault.
We can help you accomplish this by sending the appropriate court documents, including a subpoena, to make sure we obtain the documents to prove that you were not at fault, speaking to and interviewing eyewitnesses, and interviewing the police, if in fact they investigated the case and came up with a report on what happened.
If you feel like the insurance company for the driver who hit you has suggested, our come outright and accused you, of creating the accident that caused your injuries, then you need an attorney who can advocate for you and make sure you can be proven right. Feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.