What Exactly is Whiplash in Medical and Legal Terms?
Most everyone who has ever been involved in a real-world, rear-end car crash as well as those who have witnessed one on television believe that whiplash is an inevitable result of this type of accident. The actual truth is a little more complicated. Here is a quick rundown on what doctors will diagnose as whiplash, as well as its repercussions in the legal and insurance worlds:
Medical diagnosis – As the name implies, whiplash is a serious injury to the neck caused by a rapid back-and-forth movement like the cracking of a whip. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and headaches. Treatment includes medication, massage, and exercise. It is usually curable with regular therapy but in some people the pain will become chronic.
Insurance aspect – The problem for insurance companies is that many people do not recognize the symptoms of whiplash until several days after the accident. This means that doctors cannot say for sure whether or not the car crash caused the problem. It is essential for a victim to get immediate medical care after a crash, whether they think they are hurt or not.
Legal ramifications – As mentioned above, the first step in being compensated for any whiplash related problems is to see a doctor. Document all the fees associated with the initial office visit and follow-up treatments. In addition, you may be well compensated for pain and suffering caused by the condition if the other driver was negligent or otherwise at fault.
If you have been injured in a car wreck in the Salt Lake City area and experience whiplash, you may want to discuss your legal options with an experienced car accident lawyer. If so, please contact us at the Symco Injury Law. We can be found online at MyUtahInjurylawyer.com or reached directly at 801.738.9999.