When a car accident occurs, a person involved in the crash is at risk of a range of injuries. One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash. While whiplash is common and can be painful and debilitating, car insurance adjusters are often quick to dismiss whiplash injuries as insignificant, and are hesitant to offer claimants what they deserve. If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury in Massachusetts, call our law firm directly today for legal support.
Understanding Whiplash: Symptoms and Causes
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that occurs when the head continues traveling forward as a result of inertia, only to then be snapped back (much like a whip) because the body has come to rest. This whip-like motion of the head traveling back and forth rapidly is what earns this injury type its name. When whiplash occurs, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck are stressed, strained, and sprained. The most common cause of whiplash is a car accident, but amusement park rides, boating accidents, and more can also cause whiplash.
The symptoms of whiplash vary depending on the person and the severity of the injury. Common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Pain in the neck and upper shoulders;
- Diminished mobility in the neck and shoulders;
- Tingle in the shoulders, down the arms, and even into the fingertips;
- Headaches that vary from mild to severe;
- Fatigue; and
- Stiffness in the affected area.
Compensation for a Whiplash injury
Whiplash is not only painful, but it can have effects that extend into a person’s day-to-day life, too. For example, a person’s limited mobility as the result of a whiplash injury may prevent them from being able to return to work for a period of time, resulting in a loss of income. What’s more, if a person needs medical treatment for their whiplash injury—including prescription or over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, and even surgery in severe cases—these costs will add up.
When a whiplash injury is a result of an accident caused by the fault of another, the impacted person deserves to be compensated for this injury in full. If you file a claim for damages and your claim is lowballed or denied, you have a right to reject the low offer or challenge the denied claim. Our law firm can help you by proving fault and damages and representing you throughout the claims process.
Call Our Law Firm Today
While often dismissed as a minor injury that doesn’t seriously impact a person’s life, the truth is that whiplash can be very painful, debilitating, and expensive. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, you deserve to be compensated. When you call the Massachusetts car accident lawyers at the office of Tetzel Law, our lawyers can offer you a free case consultation. Please reach us at (617) 742-1700 today to schedule your consultation and learn more about our legal services.