Whiplash Neck Accident Claim
Whiplash is a common injury caused by a car accident, trucking accident, or any crash involving vehicles. When the head and neck are shaken violently to the front and back, the result can be a case of severe whiplash. The ligaments, tendons, and discs in the neck can become strained, resulting in pain shooting through your shoulders and down your arms.
These shooting, or “radicular” pains can be evidence of a serious disc injury in your cervical spine. It is important to get medical attention immediately if you suspect you have whiplash from an accident.
Insurance claims adjusters do not take whiplash accident claims seriously, at least not until a neck injury lawyer files a claim on your behalf. Adjusters just seem to feel that whiplash is a minor injury that will always resolve itself with time. That just isn’t the case in reality. You can suffer a bad whiplash injury in a low-speed car accident.
Doctors agree that even in low-speed, minor impact collisions, whiplash can result. Pain can become so intense that it causes numbness and tingling in your arms and hands. This sensation is particularly disturbing for most victims.
Whiplash must be properly diagnoses by xrays and MRI at the hospital. These imaging studies will identify the extent of the damage done to your neck. It will also give your orthopedist or neurologist and idea on the next course of treatment. Conservative treatment for whiplash includes pain medications, physical therapy, and even localized epidural steroid shots.
If these treatments do not fix the problem, your doctor may recommend a neck surgery. Surgery for whiplash after a crash may likely require disc removal (discectomy) and spine fusion. This is a serious surgery with real risks.
St. Louis Whiplash Attorney
Our St. Louis whiplash injury lawyers know how to obtain maximum compensation for neck claims. It takes knowledge of medicine and the insurance system, including how to convince insurance claims handlers and defense attorneys that whiplash claims can be serious. Ever had an insurance adjuster tell you that your injury was “degenerative” or “preexisting?”
This argument is designed to convince you, the victim, that the accident was not the “real” cause of your pain. It is an argument that has no true basis in medicine. Take it from us, we have taken the deposition of hundreds of neck doctors.
Contacting a spine injury attorney after an accident is the first step in determining the value of your case and protecting your legal rights. Common mistakes made by accident victims who do not have a lawyer are
- 1. mistakenly giving a recorded statement
- 2. mistakenly signing authorizations to disclose your private health records, and
- 3. entertaining low-ball settlement offers.
These mistakes can significantly reduce what a lawyer will be able to obtain as compensation for your case. Don’t make these common errors. We always advise calling an attorney before calling the insurance adjuster; even if it’s your own. A lawyer can help you determine how to protect yourself financially, and ensure that you get your losses recovered.