Whiplash and whiplash-related injuries are highly common in motor vehicle accidents. However, there are many myths around whiplash that cause accident victims to not take their injuries as seriously as they should.
If you or a loved one have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, it’s critical to seek medical attention and treatment. Additionally, obtaining sound legal advice will allow you to receive complete, fair compensation that allows you to fully recover from your injuries. Read on to learn the most common myths around whiplash injuries, as well as how James H. Brown and Associates stands up for Albertans’ rights and helps whiplash victims attain compensation for their injuries.
Myth #1 – Whiplash Only Occurs in High-Speed, High-Impact Collisions
While it’s true that whiplash is more likely to occur in violent collisions, you can sustain whiplash injuries in any motor vehicle accident. Individuals have reported whiplash symptoms in accidents occurring at as little as 15 km/h; you can never “rule out” whiplash just because you weren’t going fast.
Myth #2 – If You’re Not In Pain, You’re Probably Fine
This is a dangerous one; some whiplash injuries take days, weeks, or even months to cause individuals pain. For this reason, it’s critical to seek a full medical diagnosis after an accident; a medical professional will be able to catch whiplash injuries early and provide treatment to prevent them from developing into chronic pain or other debilitating conditions.
Myth #3 – Whiplash Symptoms Will Go Away On Their Own
Some whiplash injuries will improve with time, or at least cause you less day-to-day pain. However, it’s common for whiplash to develop into chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain that can limit your mobility and diminish the quality of life in the long term. That’s why it’s important to seek proper medical treatment immediately after an accident; the right care will prevent your injuries from becoming worse and ensure the best possible recovery.
Myth #4 – Whiplash Payouts Are Capped; It’s Not Worth Seeking a Settlement
Whiplash injury law in Alberta is complicated. While it’s true that certain types of compensation (specifically, damages related to “pain and suffering”) are “capped,” there are still many ways that Albertans can receive complete and fair compensation for their injuries. For example, the Cap does not necessarily limit damages from loss of income, inability to perform housekeeping tasks, and long-term care expenses. Getting sound legal advice is the best way to determine the full extent of your damages, as well as the best way to obtain the compensation you need to move forward.
Getting Justice with James H. Brown
Like any serious injury, it’s important to move quickly when faced with a whiplash-related injury. Getting good advice (and getting it quickly!) is the best way to ensure you and your family are fairly compensated for your injuries.
James H. Brown and Associates’ Whiplash Hotline is here to help accident victims get the legal advice they need to get started on the road to justice and recovery. Call us now, or fill out our online Whiplash Claim Assessment and find out how we can help in as little as 15 minutes!
For the last three decades, James H. Brown and Associates has remained a trusted name in Alberta accident injury law. Our team has over 200 years of combined experience attaining justice and fair compensation for our clients in Edmonton, Calgary, and across Alberta.
No two whiplash injuries are the same; that’s why we offer a complete range of services and support for our clients, including:
- An award-winning team of injury lawyers with an unrivalled record of success.
- Comprehensive investigation and evidence preservation services, including accident reconstruction and analysis.
- Access to experts able to determine the full extent of injuries and provide important documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with organizations ready to help you and your family with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And much more!
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