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Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys - Whiplash

If you get whiplash from an accident caused by someone else, that person or entity may be required by law to pay for your economic and non-economic damages. The Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can help you obtain compensation if you suffer from whiplash. Contact us online or give us a call today to schedule your free case evaluation.

Whiplash Injuries from Accidents
According to the North American Spine Society, the term “whiplash” refers both to a type of injury and to the cause of injury. When your neck is thrown or jerked backward or forward in a harsh or forceful way, the soft tissues (muscles, joints and ligaments) can be severely damaged. The action of your body being thrown forward is called whiplash and the injury that you suffer also goes by that same name.

Whiplash injuries are very serious and are very common. According to Medicine Net, whiplash injuries result in an estimated $30 billion in losses in the United States each year as a result of medical costs and lost productivity. The majority of these whiplash claims result from auto accidents and especially rear-end collisions, although whiplash can have other causes as well.

The Consequences of Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash symptoms often do not become apparent for between 24 and 48 hours after you’ve been involved in an accident and suffered damage to the neck. When symptoms do develop, they can vary from person-to-person. However, some of the symptoms that you may experience if you suffer from whiplash include:
  • Stiffness in the shoulders or neck.
  • Neck or shoulder pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headaches.
  • Weakness or pain in the arm.
  • Fatigue or exhaustion.
  • Pain in the jaw.
  • Eye problems including visual disturbances.
  • Ringing in your ears or tinnitus.
  • Pain in the back.
  • Limited mobility.
  • Irritability.
  • Sleep problems.
Whiplash symptoms typically go away on their own after several weeks or several months. Unfortunately, the North American Spine Society reports that around 10 percent of patients will not be easily able to heal from the whiplash. These patients can experience chronic, severe pain and ongoing symptoms.  Typically, you will be able to tell if you fall within this ten percent if your symptoms have persisted once six months have passed since your accident.

Getting Help from an Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
The underlying medical problem of whiplash cannot be treated and whiplash cannot be cured. However, you may be able to treat whiplash symptoms with treatment methods including wearing a foam/cervical collar or using injectable drugs such as Xylocaine and Lidocaine to cope with the whiplash symptoms.

The costs of any treatment you undergo should be covered by the person responsible for causing your whiplash accident. Since whiplash symptoms can be severe, you may be unable to work either temporarily or permanently and your income may be lost or reduced. You should be compensated for this missed work time as well. Finally, the person or entity responsible for causing your accident should also pay monetary compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses.

It is up to you to make a claim for damages based on your whiplash injuries, but it can be hard to do so since insurance companies are notoriously reluctant to pay whiplash claims and since there are no conclusive medical tests to prove you have whiplash. An Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. will help with your whiplash claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

To learn more about how our Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys can help you, give us a call today at 404-814-8949 or contact us using our online form to schedule a free consultation.  

 


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