A whiplash injury occurs when the head is suddenly forced backward and forward in a whip-like motion. Whiplash is commonly thought of as mostly the outcome of auto accidents, but whiplash can also occur as a work-related injury and in other scenarios.
If you suffered a whiplash injury in an auto accident or under other circumstances, the injury lawyers at the law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith may be able to help you seek compensation to pay for your treatments and other bills.
How Does a Whiplash Injury Occur?
The extreme motion of the head whipping back and forth pushes the muscles and ligaments of the neck far beyond their normal range of motion, and the whiplash injury can cause a great deal of pain and trouble. Whiplash injuries have occurred as the outcome of:
- train, bus, truck, motorcycle and auto accidents
- sports mishaps (e.g., football, wrestling, hockey)
- physical assault by another person
Whiplash Injury Pain and Other Symptoms
Whiplash injuries can result in extreme pain, plus symptoms such as:
- blurred vision
- difficulty concentrating
- headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull
- memory problems
- neck pain and stiffness
- numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms
- pain spreading to the shoulders and arms
- ringing in the ears
- sleep disturbances
Most of the time, the symptoms of a whiplash injury manifest within 24 hours of the injury.
Whiplash Injury Diagnosis
A physician can make a diagnosis of whiplash and rule out other causes of the symptoms with the following:
- MRI (which is great for identifying soft-tissue damage)
- CT (which makes detailed cross-sectional images of soft tissue and bone)
- X-rays (can find fractures and arthritis)
Whiplash Injury Treatments
The treatment options used for a whiplash injury will depend on the severity of the whiplash. In the Las Vegas area, chiropractor treatment is widely available. Mild whiplash injuries may be curable with rest, ice packs and pain medication. More severe cases may require prescription pain medicine, muscle relaxants and physical therapy. The worst whiplash injuries cause chronic medical problems that are debilitating.
Seeking Whiplash Injury Compensation?
Individuals who have suffered a whiplash injury can turn to Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith for help. Our Las Vegas injury attorneys may be able to help you seek the compensation you need to pay for the best treatment options such as chiropractor services. To find out if we can help you, contact us today.