Whiplash and whiplash-related ailments are some of the most common injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. However, not every whiplash injury is the same. While many people make fast, full recoveries, far too many individuals’ nagging symptoms develop into chronic pain, permanent disability, and other long-lasting consequences.
If you or a loved one have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, it’s critical to seek medical attention and treatment. A trained medical professional will be able to thoroughly diagnose your injuries and help you recover as quickly and fully as possible. Keep reading to learn more about the different kinds of 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.
Understanding WAD Injuries
Most whiplash injuries are categorized as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) by doctors and physiotherapists. There are three main types of WAD injuries:
- WAD 1 injuries are diagnosed when the individual experiences pain in a muscle or ligament, but maintains regular strength and range of motion.
- WAD 2 injuries have the same symptoms as WAD 1, but with decreased range of motion and/or muscle spasms.
- WAD 3 injuries have the same symptoms as WAD 1 and WAD 2, but with neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, slowed reflexes, and more.
Although this system can make whiplash injuries seem simple, many complicating factors can affect your diagnosis and recovery. For example, some whiplash injuries take days, weeks, or even months to cause individuals pain. When it comes to recovery, some injuries can develop into debilitating chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain if left untreated. That’s why it’s absolutely essential to get a complete medical diagnosis of your injuries, even if they look and feel minor. Visiting the doctor and getting a treatment plan can help prevent whiplash from turning into chronic pain or other debilitating conditions.
Whiplash Settlements with James H. Brown and Associates
Whiplash injury law in Alberta can be complicated. Although certain types of compensation 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. Sound legal advice from an experienced injury lawyer 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.
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has remained a trusted name in Alberta accident injury law. Our team knows firsthand what it’s like to be seriously injured, and has over 250 years of combined experience attaining justice and fair compensation for our clients in Calgary and across Alberta.
Every whiplash injury is different; 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.
- Complete accident investigation services, including accident reconstruction, evidence preservation, analysis, and more.
- Access to medical and vocational professionals to fully diagnose your injuries, understand long-term consequences, and provide supporting documentation for your case.
- Strong relationships with community organizations dedicated to rehabilitation and recovery.
Have You or a Loved One Suffered Whiplash in an Accident?
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