One of the most common injuries sustained every year in the United States is whiplash. Although many people assume whiplash isn’t a “serious injury,” it can cause chronic and debilitating pain. According to recent whiplash statistics, almost half of all whiplash victims will experience some degree of chronic pain.
If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury in an accident caused by the carelessness of another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced California whiplash attorneys at Adamson Ahdoot LLP today for a free case review. Our knowledgeable legal team is results focused and we will use every available resource to ensure you get the best possible case result.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes describes whiplash, “as a soft tissue injury to the neck.” Whiplash is also often referred to as a neck sprain or neck strain. Whiplash typically occurs when the neck is jerked or whipped back and forth suddenly. A sudden whip or jerk movement can damage delicate neck ligaments, muscles, joints, and nerve roots.
Although symptoms of whiplash can occur immediately, it may take days or weeks for symptoms to appear. Some of the more common symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, neck stiffness, dizziness, headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, and unusual sensations like burning or prickling. In more severe cases, whiplash victims may also experience memory loss, irritability, nervousness, fatigue, depression, and the inability to concentrate.
Los Angeles Whiplash Statistics
Every year nationwide, approximately 3 million cases of whiplash occur. As mentioned above, approximately 50% of whiplash injuries suffered in the U.S. will result in chronic symptoms. Statistics show women are 5 times more likely than men to suffer a whiplash injury in an accident. Women also tend to sustain more serious whiplash injuries in accidents than men because of their smaller neck size. Children are also at high risk for suffering severe whiplash injuries due to their small neck size.
Not surprisingly, many whiplash victims are faced with a longer recovery period than expected. The average time taken off from work after suffering a whiplash injury is approximately 8 weeks. Some victims are faced with the grim reality of never being able to return to work. More than 60% of whiplash victims will require long term medical care and almost 50% will experience some type of neck pain up to 20 years after the initial injury occurred.
Leading Causes of Whiplash
One of the leading causes of whiplash is car accidents. Although many people assume whiplash only happens in high speed accidents, many cases of whiplash occur at speeds of 12MPH or less. Although any type of car accident can result in whiplash, several types of auto accidents are more likely to result in damage to the neck, including:
- Rear-end crashes
- Sideswipe accidents
- Head-on crashes.
Some of the other causes of whiplash include contact sports, physical abuse, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, and slip and fall accidents.
Determining the cause of your whiplash is important. If your whiplash was caused by someone else’s careless actions, it may provide a basis for recovering financial compensation. At Adamson Ahdoot LLP, our skilled Los Angeles whiplash lawyers can determine the cause of your injury and help you find out who may be held financially responsible for injury damages.
What Damages Are Available to Whiplash Victims?
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Adamson Ahdoot LLP understand the difficulties you face and can help you make the future look brighter. Our primary goal is to get you the most financial compensation possible for the damages caused by your injury. You may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
If you or a loved one suffered a whiplash injury, you may be wondering what steps to take next. Whiplash oftentimes doesn’t seem like a serious injury, but it can result in weeks, months, and even years of recovery. Unable to work and in pain, victims often struggle to pay accruing medical bills and treatment costs.
Get Help From a California Whiplash Lawyer
When the unexpected happens and you’re left dealing with a painful whiplash injury, don’t hesitate to get help from a Los Angeles whiplash lawyer at Adamson Ahdoot LLP. We have more than 30 years combined experience and will fight aggressively to get you a fair result. We work on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t pay any out-of-pocket costs until we win your case.
Schedule your free consultation today by calling (800) 310-1606 or by chatting live with one of our skilled team members. Keep in mind, you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so act now.