No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but the reality is that crashes are not uncommon. The good news is that most car accidents result in only property damage or minor injuries. However, the classification of an injury as “minor” can be deceiving. Whiplash is often considered a minor injury, but this injury can lead to tremendous pain and suffering for victims. Here, we want to discuss whiplash injuries, the signs and symptoms of whiplash, and what kind of compensation may be available in these cases.
The whiplash signs and symptoms
Whiplash is much more than just a minor injury. Whiplash can prevent a person from enjoying their regular daily activities and from going to work and earning an income. Some of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash include the following:
Severe neck pain
Pain in the arms
Being tired a lot
Stiffness in the back or neck
Blurred vision or seeing dots
There are various factors involved in how serious a whiplash injury is, including the physical condition of the victim at the time the incident occurs. In general, the better physical condition a person is in, the less their chances are of suffering from the symptoms mentioned above. A person is more at risk of whiplash complications if they:
Have previously had whiplash
Are older in age
Already have back or neck problems
Are in poor physical condition
However, even if a person is more susceptible to experiencing serious whiplash complications, this does not mean that they are entitled to less compensation. Anytime another person causes an accident that leads to whiplash, the at-fault party should be held accountable for their actions.
Recovery from whiplash
The good news is that most people make a full recovery after sustaining a whiplash injury caused by a car accident. However, this recovery can take weeks or even months to occur. In most cases, a doctor will tell a whiplash victim that they need to limit the amount of physical activity they perform for a few weeks in order to make a recovery. This could include not performing any strenuous activity. Unfortunately, this may mean that a person is not able to perform their job duties or that they need to be put on “light-duty” status, both of which could hurt a person’s ability to earn their regular income.
Severe whiplash cases could require that a person wear a neck brace for a specific amount of time in order to limit their mobility. This can increase a person’s pain and suffering and inconvenience.
Types of compensation for whiplash injury victims
There may be various types of compensation available to victims of whiplash injuries. If another person caused the accident that led to the whiplash, a victim could be entitled to:
Coverage of all medical expenses related to the whiplash
Lost income if they cannot work while they recover