If you have ever been hit from behind by another vehicle while driving, there is a chance that you have suffered whiplash. Millions of dollars are spent each year to cover expenses that have resulted from whiplash-related car accidents. Whiplash injuries are damages to bones and soft tissue between the upper and lower bones of the neck that result from sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck.
Not until recently have whiplash injuries been able to be documented or diagnosed. This is due to new imaging technologies, such as ultrasound and CAT scans. These devices can reveal torn or damaged soft tissue, which is the main cause of whiplash injuries. After a person’s head and neck are suddenly jerked, the neck can become hyper-extended, which can then damage the ligaments, nerves, joints, and muscles in the neck and spine.
Medical reports indicate whiplash victims complaining of symptoms such as:
- stiffness of the neck
- neck spasms
- shoulder pain
- back pain
- loss of memory
Fortunately, victims of whiplash caused by the negligence of another party may be eligible for compensation to cover medical expenses. Victims may also be eligible to receive sick leave pay and may be able to file for disability, especially if he or she develops a severe or chronic neck disorder as a result of the car accident.
If you or someone you know is currently dealing with a whiplash injury due to a car accident, contact the Des Moines whiplash injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.