If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident or other type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber are ready to assist you. We will review the details of your injury free of charge and discuss your options for seeking compensation for your medical bills and other expenses.
A whiplash injury may not be obvious right after an accident. You may develop severe neck pain or soreness a day or two later. Obtaining medical care should be your top priority. If you have questions about whether you have a legal case, we try to answer your questions and offer guidance based on years of experience. Our knowledgeable injury attorneys focus on helping people in St. Louis recover compensation for injuries caused by others.
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the head being thrown forcefully backward and forward in a rapid motion. The impact causes the neck muscles and ligaments of the neck to stretch beyond their normal range of motion, tearing soft tissue. The forceful motion may also damage bones in the neck, and disks between the neck vertebrae and nerves.
A whiplash also may be diagnosed as a neck sprain or neck strain. Whiplash injuries are the most commonly reported injuries in insurance claims, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Whiplash injuries may occur in any type of car crash. But rear-end car collisions are the most common cause of whiplash injuries. The impact of a rear-end collision can cause a victim’s head to be flung backward, then forward. Even a low-speed rear-end collision can cause a painful whiplash injury.
Head restraints in automobiles – also known as head rests – are designed to limit the head’s motion during a collision and help prevent neck and shoulder injuries. It is important to make sure that your car’s head restraints are properly adjusted. The top of the head restraint should be positioned between the top of your ears and the top of your head to be most effective, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In addition to auto accidents, a whiplash injury may be caused by a fall, a sports accident or a physical assault. An individual who slips and falls on a slippery floor or because of a hazard also may hyperextend his or her neck because of the impact of the fall. Anytime you are injured in an accident, you should seek a prompt medical evaluation and let the doctor know that you have been in a crash or a slip and fall accident.
The symptoms of whiplash include:
The goal of medical care after a whiplash injury is to relieve neck pain and restore your ability to move your head freely without pain so you can resume regular activities.
Depending on the severity of the neck injury, a doctor may prescribe:
After you receive medical treatment, you may have questions about whether you have to pay the medical bills if someone else caused your injury. Our attorneys understand your concerns and want to help if possible.
If you have suffered neck injury caused by the negligence of someone else such as another driver, call us today at (314) 863-0500. We are ready to listen to your concerns and explain your legal rights. The initial consultation is free and without obligation. We handle whiplash cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay any legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you through a negotiated settlement or jury award.