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Silverthorne Attorneys | Orange County Whiplash Injury Attorneys
Whiplash Injury Representation
After being involved in a serious accident, whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are not apparent on X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs or other in-depth diagnostic testing. For that initial period of time whiplash will go untreated for a period of time by doctors, and ignored by the victim’s insurance company when a claim is finally pursued. Silverthorne Attorneys recognizes that whiplash can in fact be a serious debilitating injury for many people. We strive to help clients obtain the compensation they need for medical treatment and lost wages.
If you have been in an automobile accident, seek medical treatment immediately if you feel even the slightest amount of pain or discomfort. Many conditions such as whiplash, back strain, and other soft tissue injuries do not become immediately symptomatic after an accident.
Treating physicians, when presented with the facts surrounding a particular accident, will know to look for signs of whiplash that may otherwise go unnoticed by a layperson. We work with a lot of doctors in that will treat you on a lien basis. So them, just like us, won't charge you a fee until your case has been settled. It is essential to your injury case that the first disclosure of medical information come from a physician. Insurance adjusters look at whiplash cases with suspicion in the best of circumstances. Do not make any statements about how you feel at the scene of the accident -- seek medical attention, and let your records tell the story.
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 associated with car accidents affecting roughly 120,000 people annually in the United States. The trauma is caused by the sudden impact of a car crash that forces the neck to jerk back and forth. First things first. Seek medical attention. Neck injuries can have serious consequences and lead to a wide range of health problems if left untreated, so seek medical attention following an accident. If you are sent home by your doctor or emergency room physician following the accident, seek immediate medical attention if you develop new symptoms or experience persistent whiplash symptoms.
Symptoms: 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.
Diagnosis: Doctors will give a patient an examination including an x-ray to determine whether there has been any type of fracture and possibly a CT scan or ultrasound to check for other types of injury. In some cases, doctors may order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study or a dynamic x-ray (taken with patient’s head leaning forward and backward), especially in cases where there is soft tissue damage that is not detectable with a CT or a normal x-ray. A two-year study conducted by the 18-member group called the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders created a classification system for whiplash complaints to help assist doctors in treating patients. The system grades symptoms of the disorder into five categories. The grading starts with no symptoms or grade zero and goes up to the worst category, grade four, represents a patient has neck complaints and fracture or dislocation or an injury to the spinal cord.