Whiplash injuries are commonly referred to as “moderate impact soft tissue damage” and can occur in rear-end auto accidents. Often, whiplash affects the cervical spine (upper neck) when a person’s head extends forward and backward in a snapping motion. While the damage is often immediately apparent, some such injuries are asymptomatic at first and worsen over time.
Common symptoms of moderate impact soft tissue damage include fatigue, nausea, headaches, dizziness, stiffness, and pain in the neck, back, or shoulders. Some injuries produce only chronic pain which subsides as the damage heals, while others can lead to debilitations which last months or even years. Many whiplash victims believe their pain after the accident is normal and may not attribute it to actual tissue damage, which can lead to this damage being overlooked until the pain worsens and mobility in the neck may become limited.
Another problem with soft tissue injuries is that they are difficult to detect using scans and x-rays, especially early on. This, in turn, is used as a tactic by insurance companies to deny claims, allege that plaintiffs’ injuries are exaggerated, and make compensation difficult to obtain.
If you may have suffered a whiplash-related injury in an accident, do not ignore an immediate onset of pain in your head, neck, back, or shoulders. The sooner you receive medical treatment for tissue damage, the more documentation you’ll have which can demonstrate the effects of your injury and correlate it directly to your auto accident. It is also imperative to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your fair pursuit of compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered soft tissue damage or a similar whiplash injury in an accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.
Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.