Whiplash isn't a one-time event. In some cases, it can lead to ongoing pain and suffering for a lifetime. Up to 45% of people with chronic neck pain actually point to an earlier whiplash trauma as the cause of their pain. If you've been in an automobile accident, you could be suffering from whiplash and may be entitled to compensation. At Huber Thomas Law, we work hard to ensure you get the full compensation you need to recover from this injury, in all aspects of your life.
Is it serious?
When your head is violently jolted in one direction and then the other, it can cause neck injuries. The most common causes include:
- Automobile crashes, especially after a rear-end collision
- Motorcycle crashes
- Bicycle crashes
- Workplace injuries
- Falls, due to faulty premises or devices
- Sports injuries
- Boat or maritime injuries
These traumas can be serious. In severe cases, it can lead to long-term pain. Other symptoms can impact your ability to work. Major trauma symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw, shoulders, arms, back, and upper chest
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Blurred vision
How long does it take to recover?
In addition to these serious symptoms, whiplash is under-reported and under-treated. Typically after a car accident, you're in shock. You'll report any obvious injuries, like fractures, to the police. At the time, though, you may not notice signs of neck pain or underlying soft tissue injuries.
In fact, the symptoms often take 24-48 hours to appear. Recovery time depends on the extent of your injuries and how quickly you get treatment.
For many, the symptoms resolve in a few days. For others, the initial trauma can lead to months or years of pain, physical limitations and medical bills. It's considered a chronic pain condition if it lasts for three months or more.
What can I expect for compensation?
At Huber Thomas Law, we know that the long-term effects of whiplash can be serious and life-changing. It's not simply a crick in the neck. In severe cases, it can affect your ability to work. An impairment can change how you can participate in childcare, exercise, recreational activities, and household duties.
After the affliction, you may need to:
- Undergo rehabilitation, such as occupational and physical therapy
- Receive ongoing and long term medical treatment
- Modify your home or workplace duties
- Go on long-term disability leave
- Get surgery for severe and persistent cases
All of this adds up, and fast. Settlements for whiplash take into consideration every loss and expense incurred from the crash. In the past, juries have awarded our clients upwards of $1 million in severe cases.
At Huber Thomas Law Firm, we work with economic experts to calculate the fairest settlement for your injuries. We know that no two cases are the same, so we provide personalized attention to every matter, every time to ensure you have the most successful case possible.
When it comes to New Orleans personal injury attorneys, work with the best. Don't hesitate to give us a call about your case. Our experienced trial attorneys are committed to helping you recover physically, financially, and emotionally from the trauma.