Many accident victims suffer whiplash injuries, among others, when they are involved in a car accident. While most whiplash injuries heal relatively quickly and without long-term complications, it is possible to feel the effects of a whiplash injury for month-or even years- after the accident. Whiplash injuries can damage just a few structures or many, depending on the severity of the accident and direction of the injurious forces, to name a few.
For example most people think whiplash injuries only effect the neck area but they can also effect other areas such as your back and have other symptoms such as headaches. Speeds of as little as 5 mph have been documented to result in whiplash injuries. The good news is that, in most cases, whiplash injuries are treatable and reversible.
A rear-end car accident more often than not results in whiplash injuries. Head-on car accidents also cause whiplash injuries, except that in this case the whiplash process gets reversed. Side-on accidents cause whiplash injuries too. For most of the people who are victims of whiplash injuries the symptoms do not last for more than six months.
If it is that you have suffered from whiplash injuries caused by an accident that was not your fault, you will be entitled to make a compensation claim.
When you suffer whiplash injuries as a result of a car accident, you’ll likely notice a few differences in your quality of life, especially at first. Initially, you will certainly notice pain as nearly all whiplash injuries bring pain to the person that has suffered this type of injury and you may notice other symptoms that can keep you from going on with your life. Unfortunately, not all people that suffer whiplash injuries recover from them completely and in fact, many suffer pain and other symptoms for the rest of their lives.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident and sustain whiplash injuries, do not be tempted to accept offers of compensation from insurance companies without legal representation. Claimants who suffer from whiplash injuries are eligible to file a whiplash injury claim if the accident that caused the injury was not their fault.
When is the right time to claim for whiplash injuries?
Since whiplash injuries can take a while to surface claimants are allowed to file a whiplash accident claim 3 years from the date of the accident. In the worst circumstances, whiplash injuries are permanent. When you talk to a medical professional about your whiplash injuries, be sure to be as detailed as possible about all the pain, discomfort, and limitations you have.
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