Whiplash is a very common injury after a car accident. The word itself is an indicator of how whiplash happens. It occurs when your back, neck and head are “whipped” around in a violent fashion.
In these areas of your body, your nerves, tendons and ligaments can be thrown around outside of their usual range of motion, which can lead to soft tissue damage.
You won’t see soft tissue damage on an X-ray or an MRI, but you will surely feel the effects of such an injury.
What are some of the symptoms of whiplash?
Here are some of the symptoms of whiplash:
- Back pain
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
How can you prove that you have suffered from whiplash after a car accident?
Here are four ways you can prove whiplash in a car accident claim:
- Testimony from your doctor: There’s no better evidence to back your claim than a medical expert speaking on your behalf. A deposition or court testimony from your doctor will allow him or her to explain how you were diagnosed with whiplash, what symptoms led to the diagnosis, and what treatment options he or she provided for you.
- List of medications you were prescribed: Often, your pain levels from whiplash will be so severe that they will require medication for your muscles, nerves and to ease the pain. Muscle relaxers, painkillers and other prescriptions could also serve as evidence for your case. It’s a good idea to offer the prescription history to help your case.
- Testimony from friends and family: If you have friends or family who have helped you post-accident and have seen firsthand the amount of pain and suffering you have had to ensure, their testimony could be very helpful in your claim. They can tell the judge, jury or lawyers just how badly the crash and subsequent whiplash and other potential injuries have impacted your life.
- Police report: Traffic cops are able to estimate speeds you were traveling and other factors, all of which could be important in proving that conditions were favorable for you to suffer from whiplash.
The first thing you need to do if you’ve been injured in a car accident is contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact Robert Armstrong’s office today for help.