How serious is whiplash?
Rear-end collisions are a common occurrence on California roadways – accounting for roughly a third of all crashes. These accidents are typically caused by negligent drivers, during the peak of rush hour traffic and on busy roads where stop-and-go driving is commonplace. Even at a low speed, the damage caused by a rear-end collision can cause whiplash: a rapid forward and backward movement of the neck. As a result, the soft tissue of the neck extends beyond the typical range of motion, causing damage to the spine.
Symptoms of whiplash can take days or even weeks to appear. For this reason, many auto accident victims never seek treatment. These symptoms typically include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Constant weariness
- Short-term memory loss and trouble with concentration
- Ringing in ears
- Chronic pain in neck, shoulders and head
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
If you’re injured in a rear-end collision – even if symptoms don’t appear immediately – it is important that you seek medical treatment immediately. If ignored, the effects can be long-lasting or permanent. Your health is your first priority. Then, you need to seek legal help as well.
Why you should consult with an auto accident attorney
If you’re suffering from whiplash following a rear-end collision that was no fault of your own, insurance companies are required to compensate your financial losses, including medical expenses. This typically includes:
- Ambulance fees
- Doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Other medical expenses necessary for recovery
The Law Offices of Brian Brandt can help
Far too often, insurance companies will attempt to downplay your injuries in order to avoid compensating you. If a rear-end collision was a low-speed impact, they may deny your injury altogether. Or they may offer a small settlement in hopes that your claim will simply go away. But as the medical expenses pile up, it is crucial that you don’t settle for anything less.
If you’re injured in a rear-end collision, contact our highly skilled auto accident attorney. We will hold the other motorist – and their insurance company – accountable for your medical expenses and other losses due to whiplash. The Law Offices of Brian Brandt will take the case to trial if necessary. Act now! Consult with an experienced auto accident attorney who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Brian Brandt online or call 800.983.4467.