You should have an attorney represent you if you were hurt in an auto accident. Your lawyer will make sure that your needs are taken care of and that you recover the damages you are entitled to receive.
Effects of an Auto Accident
An auto accident can have a devastating effect on a person’s health and their lives. You will doctors to help you with you medical needs and a personal injury attorney to help you recover money for your damages.
Damages and Bodily Injuries
Damages, also known a legal damages, can be difficult to determine. This is one of the many reasons you need an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your potential lawsuit for legal damages. Remember that you will have present damages and future damages from an auto accident injury.
Whiplash is the most common type of injury associated with an auto accident. It’s a unique injury that occurs most often to drivers and passengers involved in rear-end collision automobile collision. The injury occurs when, as a result of the collision, the impact causes the head to snap violently backward and forward.
You can experience whiplash even if you were not involved in a high-speed auto accident. Even at low speeds, the unexpected impact can cause injuries to vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments in the neck. It’s important to note that while whiplash injuries most often result from car accidents, they can occur in any situation where a sudden back and forth “whipping” movement occurs in the neck area, including slips, falls, blows to the head from an assault, and injuries suffered through participation in sports activities.
Whiplash may not be immediately detected. If you were involved in an automobile accident, your natural physiological responses and the “heat of the moment” may not allow you to relax and thus realize that you have neck or back pain. However, over the course of the next few days you might experience any or all of the following which is an indication of whiplash:
- Tightness and stiffness in the neck;
- Serious neck pain (dull and aching, rather than sharp);
- Dizziness and problems with balance and equilibrium;
- Head aches;
- Back pain; or,
- Memory problems or difficulty with concentration
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