Whiplash is typically an injury sustained by an immediate and violent jarring of the neck often caused in rear-end collisions, T-bone collisions, and/or other types of high impact motor vehicle collisions. It may also occur from amusement rides, or severe physical contact including an assault. The term ‘whiplash’ is based on the forced action a neck undergoes during impact. The neck is forcibly extended back and then forward with a sharp movement that is similar to a whipping motion, leaving neck muscles and other soft neck-related tissue strained, as well as the potential for injury to the spinal vertebrae, neck joints, discs, ligaments, and nerves. In extreme cases, a severe whiplash injury may result in a spinal cord and head injury.
If you have been involved in an accident, and feel you have suffered injuries related to whiplash, contact our personal injury lawyers in Calgary at Pipella Law for guidance on assessing your injury and the damages you could claim for recovery. Call us today.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
Car accident victims may leave an accident scene with the false sense of security that they have escaped injury. This is all the more true in cases where the impact seemed minimal, such as a minor rear-end collision. However, symptoms of whiplash may appear hours, days or even months following a serious or minor vehicle accident. A car accident victim may experience:
- Neck pain and stiffness;
- Decreased neck mobility;
- Radiating pain in the shoulder and neck area;
- Tingling or numbness in the arms and/or legs;
- Muscle weakness;
- Jaw pain (TMJ);
- Fatigue; and
- Other symptoms.
A person with a whiplash injury can take a great deal of time to recover, and may even have permanent damage that leaves him/her with chronic pain, decreased mobility, fatigue, and psychological symptoms. Whiplash injuries need the care of a doctor or physiotherapist, as they can help minimize the impact of the injury through medication and treatment.
Contact Us for Your Whiplash Injury Claim
If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident, or any other type of vehicular accident, and you are experiencing the fall out of a whiplash injury, let our personal injury lawyers in Calgary at Pipella Law help. Our legal team and field experts bring over 100 years of combined experience in serving car accident victims. We know how painful and stressful such an injury can be. Let us help you get a settlement from the insurance companies that will ease the costs of your rehabilitation, as well as lost wages. We are here to fight for your right to fair compensation and there are no legal fees until we reach a settlement for you.