Medical science has been gaining a more sophisticated understanding of the complex nature of brain trauma and spinal cord injuries and how to more effectively treat them. We now know that even so-called minor injuries, such as concussion and whiplash, can have serious long-term physical and neurological repercussions. Unfortunately, insurance companies still attempt to minimize or deny appropriate compensation for whiplash injuries, since the damage to your vehicle may be slight and the damage to your body may not be obvious.
Whiplash is the commonplace term for injuries to the soft tissue in the neck caused when the head suddenly snaps back and forward — for instance, following a rear-end collision. This violent motion can strain or tear ligaments, muscle, the spongy tissue between the neck vertebrae and nerve fibers. Symptoms may not appear immediately, and the injured person driver might not seek medical attention for several days or even weeks. Typical whiplash symptoms can include:
- Stiff neck
- Lower back pain
- Loss of concentration and memory
While most people recover from whiplash within a few weeks, others take longer and some develop chronic problems that are so painful and debilitating that they interfere with work and daily activities.
The insurance company representing the at-fault driver who caused your accident may dispute the extent of your injuries, but experienced auto accident attorneys understand what medical documentation is necessary. They can also realistically estimate the costs of your recovery and long-term care so you can get the compensation you deserve.