Whiplash Injury Representation
Suffering from injuries due to an accident, whether minor or serious, should always be taken seriously. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people sustain in an accident. This along with other soft tissue injuries are not apparent on X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs or other in-depth diagnostic testing. Oftentimes, whiplash goes untreated. Oftentimes whiplash injuries are ignored by the victim’s insurance company. Silverthorne Attorneys recognizes that whiplash can in fact be a serious debilitating injury for many people. Our Orange County whiplash injury lawyers strive to help clients obtain the compensation they need for medical treatment and lost wages.
If you have been in a car accident, seek medical treatment right away if you feel even the slightest amount of pain or discomfort. Many conditions such as whiplash, back strain, and other soft tissue injuries are not immediately symptomatic after an accident.
Treating physicians, when presented with the facts surrounding a particular accident, will look for signs of whiplash that may otherwise go unnoticed by a layperson. We work with a lot of doctors that will treat you on a lien basis. Meaning, you don’t pay anything until we win your case. It is essential to your injury case that the first disclosure of medical information comes from a physician. Insurance adjusters look at whiplash cases with suspicion. Even in the best of circumstances. It is important that you do not make any statements about how you feel at the scene of the accident. Seek medical attention right away, and let those records speak for themselves.
What is a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD): The medical term for this condition is called cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. It is one of the most common injuries people suffer from in car accidents. Affecting roughly 120,000 people annually in the United States. Trauma is caused by the sudden impact of a car crash that forces the neck to jerk back and forth.
The first thing to do after an accident like this is to seek medical attention right away. That being said, neck injuries can have serious consequences and lead to a wide range of health problems if left untreated. If symptoms continue after your initial visit, seek additional medical attention.
Normally whiplash injuries sustained after a car accident are likely to appear within 24 hours after the accident, but symptoms can also show up several days after the accident. Symptoms of whiplash can include stiffness, neck pain, numbness, headache, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in the arms.
Doctors examine the patient. Examinations usually include X-rays to determine whether there has been any type of fracture. And possibly a CT scan or ultrasound to check for other injuries. In some cases, doctors may order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study or a dynamic x-ray (taken with the patient’s head leaning forward and backward).
A two-year study conducted by the 18-member group, Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-Associated Disorders created a classification system for whiplash complaints. This is in order to help assist doctors treat their patients effectively. The system grades symptoms of the disorder into five categories. Furthermore, the grading starts with no symptoms or grade zero and goes up to the worst category, grade four. These can specifically represent that a patient has neck complaints and fracture or dislocation or an injury to the spinal cord.
Methods used to treat whiplash vary depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. The treatments can include medication for pain and muscle relaxers, steroid injections, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulations, massage, ultrasound, acupuncture, postural alignment training, and immobilization. Furthermore, a patient’s treatment may include the use of cervical collars, cervical pillows, heating pads, cold compress, and of course get plenty of rest.
There is no cost to clients until we win your case. Finding the best whiplash attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Although we know that compensation for your injuries, loss of wages, and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, however, it can help you rebuild your life. When you are suffering from injuries due to an accident, you deserve to focus 100% of your energy on healing. That is why an attorney in our office is here to help. We will immediately begin working on your case and furthermore, we can handle the insurance companies. In doing so, you can focus on your recovery. We will handle the rest!
If you are suffering from injuries due to an accident, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Consultations are free!