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When Whiplash Leaves Permanent Damage

One of the most common types of minor crashes is rear-end collisions. Typically, these types of crashes result in little to no damage to vehicles and only minor injuries to victims. But there are a significant number of rear-end crashes that can cause more severe injury because of the quick, back and forth snapping of the neck when the impact occurs. This jerking motion causes the neck’s muscles, tendons, and bones to be put under extreme stress causing a whiplash injury. Although many people think of whiplash injury as a minor one, the truth is that these injuries can actually cause long-term or permanent issues.

 

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If you have been injured in a rear-end crash, seek medical advice immediately. Then contact a Virginia car accident attorney from Shapiro & Appleton to find out what your legal options may be.

Symptoms of Whiplash

When the crash occurs, a whiplash victim may experience immediate and intense pain, however, there are situations that the symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for a few hours or even days. It is not uncommon for a whiplash victim to say they do not need medical treatment at the scene of the crash only to begin suffering the effects of the injury hours later. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Lack of mobility in neck and back
  • Numbness in the arms
  • Pain in the jaw, arm, neck, or shoulder
  • Ringing in ears
  • Stiffness in the neck, back, and shoulder
  • Tingling in the arms

Studies have shown that those whiplash victims who suffered immediate pain and discomfort following the crash are more than likely to still be suffering these effects a year later. In fact, more than 40 percent of whiplash victims end up suffering chronic whiplash symptoms, seriously impacting their quality of life. Many of these victims suffer from severe headaches, blurred vision, jaw pain, weakness or numbness in limbs, dizziness, pain and stiffness in the neck and back, and irritability.  

Let a Virginia Injury Attorney Help

If you have suffered whiplash or any other injury caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of another driver, contact a Virginia car accident attorney to discuss what your legal options may be. Victims can be compensated for the medical expenses, lost income from being unable to work, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish.

If they are left with long-term and permanent disability, they may also be entitled to financial compensation for the losses this disability has caused, including loss of future income if they are unable to work or return to their profession, future medical expenses, and the overall negative impact the injury has had on their quality of life.

Our personal injury attorneys have successfully represented many clients who were forced to deal with painful injuries and long recoveries due to another person’s negligence. Contact our office today at 800-752-0042 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Seth Scott
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Norfolk, Chesapeake & Va Beach Injury Attorney