Whiplash is a common injury for victims of car accidents. However, many people don’t fully understand what whiplash is and how it can affect your daily life. Whiplash can be a severe injury that can negatively impact your life for a long time – it’s important for car accident victims and their families to fully understand its symptoms and what to do if you suffer whiplash in an accident.
To help get you started understanding whiplash, you’ll find a simple, easy-to-read definition below, as well as information about what to do if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident. Finally, you’ll find more information about how James H. Brown and Associates helps accident victims attain justice and get fair compensation for their injuries.
If you’re injured and need legal advice now, contact us today using our Whiplash Hotline.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by fast back-and-forth movement of the head and neck.
Often, whiplash is caused by rear-end car accidents, but you can also get whiplash from sports accidents, falls, and other types of trauma. Whiplash is sometimes called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include different types of neck injuries.
People with whiplash often feel:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain that gets worse when moving the neck
- Not being able to move the neck
- Headaches starting at the bottom of the skull
- Shoulder, upper back, or arm pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
Some people also have:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty focusing
- Memory problems
Many people with whiplash get better in a few weeks with pain medication and exercise. However, some people develop chronic neck pain and other long-lasting symptoms. You may need an injury lawyer to help get justice and compensation for your injury.
What to Do if You Have Whiplash
If you think you or a loved one may have whiplash after a car accident, it’s important to take care of your wellbeing. Take the following three steps to make sure you and your family get the care you need:
- Seek Medical Attention. It’s important to see a doctor whenever you’ve been in an accident. Not all injuries are obvious – a medical professional will be able to find all of your injuries and treat them properly.
- Keep Track of “Damages.” Damages can be lost days of work, medical expenses, or any other changes that result from your accident. Keep track of them so you can claim them as part of your settlement.
- Speak With an Injury Lawyer. After a car accident, getting legal advice from an injury lawyer is a must. Alberta accident law can be complicated; getting help from an experienced legal team lets you focus on getting better while ensuring you receive justice.
Whiplash Injury Law with James H. Brown and Associates
James H. Brown and Associates know from experience that recovering after a car accident can be hard. That’s why we’ve put together an experienced team of accident injury lawyers to help secure complete, fair compensation for accident victims.
Over the last thirty years, we’ve learned that no two accidents are the same; that’s why we offer a full range of resources for accident victims and their families, including:
- Over 200 years of combined injury law experience, including an unrivalled record of success in Alberta courts.
- Accident investigation services, including evidence preservation, accident reconstruction, and more.
- Experts and specialists to fully diagnose your injuries.
- Strong relationships with Alberta organizations ready to assist with recovery.
James H. Brown and Associates is ready to help our clients in multiple languages, including English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Yoruba, and more.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured?
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