The term “whiplash” refers to a neck injury in which the lower cervical spine bends backward while the upper cervical spine bends forward. This motion happens very quickly and pushes the spine beyond its normal range of motion. This erratic movement often causes injury to the ligaments and discs in the neck. Insurance companies consistently try to devalue whiplash injuries in an attempt to save money.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury as the result of an accident that was not your fault, The Dixon Injury Firm’s whiplash lawyers fight to ensure you are fully reimbursed for all of your harms and losses. Call (314) 409-7060 for a FREE Consultation before speaking to an insurance company or signing anything.
Rear-End Vehicle Accidents are the Leading Cause of Whiplash
While a rear-end vehicle accident is the leading cause of whiplash, any sudden whipping motion involving the neck may also cause a whiplash injury.
Whiplash can be difficult to diagnose. This is due to the fact that whiplash symptoms often overlap with symptoms from other neck injuries. Here are the primary symptoms of a whiplash injury:
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Shoulder Pain or Stiffness
- Jaw Pain
- Arm Pain or Weakness
- Visual Disturbances
- Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)
- Back Pain
A proper whiplash diagnosis is based on the doctor’s examination of the symptoms you describe. You may experience one or all of the symptoms above depending on the severity of your injury. Never take neck pain or head pain lightly after any type of accident. It is also important to tell your medical professional all of the symptoms you are experiencing. Only when fully informed can a proper diagnosis be made.
Whiplash Pain Often Causes Other Problems
Whiplash itself doesn’t cause other conditions, but the resulting pain of whiplash can cause several other conditions. You may, for example, experience any or all of the following along with a whiplash injury:
- Drug Dependency
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Other conditions that result from whiplash must be treated as well as the original injury. You may need to take anti-anxiety medication to manage the anxiety you feel regarding everyday life. You may become depressed because of a lack of ability/mobility to work or do things on your own. Depression is most often treated with other medications in addition to the pain medications you will likely have to take for your whiplash injury.
Drug dependency is a serious condition that often results from whiplash because the body becomes dependent on the muscle relaxers or the pain pills you’re prescribed. You may experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking those medications. It is common to miss work or experience other emotional, mental, or physical hardships following a neck injury.
Treatment for whiplash depends on the types of symptoms you experience. The following list contains some common forms of treatment for basic whiplash injuries:
- Ice applied to the neck
- Pain medication
- Neck brace/collar
- Moist heat applied to the neck
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Orthopedic Care
- Pain management
A whiplash injury that provides ongoing neck pain may be a sign of a more severe neck injury, such as a herniated disc or bulging disc. If your neck pain does not dissipate withing a few weeks after you have been diagnosed with a whiplash injury, it is important to seek medical attention to determine if there is a more significant underlying problem.
Light exercise is often recommended for whiplash and neck strain recovery, but it’s very important that you obey any restrictions from your doctor. If allowed to perform light exercises after a whiplash injury, inform your medical professional if you experience any of the following:
- Blurred Vision
- Sudden Pain
- Weakness in the Arms or Hands
- Unusually Severe Pain that isn’t Relieved by Changing Position
- Unusual or Confusing Symptom
Dealing with the Stress of a Whiplash Injury
Everyone has advice on dealing with stress. When it comes to an accident related injury like whiplash, it would be great if we could all take the time needed away from work and sit in a day spa to recover. However, this is not how life works. Bills, medical appointments, treatment, work demands, and other life stresses add layers of frustration. While Missouri law mandates the person responsible for your injury must reimburse you for these damages, it is not an immediate fix.
Dealing with the stress of whiplash isn’t as simple as taking it easy or relaxing as much as possible after the injury. Treating the injury will require medication, therapy, medical appointments, and time away from work, all while the demands of your normal routine continue. Here are a few more tips for dealing with stress after whiplash:
- Try to find time to rest as much as possible and reduce the stress of the neck muscles.
- Exercise the rest of your body as much as you comfortably can to reduce the stress and tension that builds up throughout your body.
- Ask your employer about working from home for a few days so you can ensure your neck has the proper support and rest.
- Read a book that you’ve been planning to get into or fall back to an old favorite.
- Resume normal activity as soon as possible, but take regular rest breaks to help promote rest and healing.
Hiring a St. Louis Whiplash Accident Lawyer
The pain of whiplash injuries is very real. It takes time to recover and interrupts your daily routine. However, insurance companies try to downplay the value of whiplash cases by claiming it is just a ‘soft tissue’ injury. This common response to a whiplash claim requires hiring a law firm that is willing to file suit and hold the insurance companies accountable. It is important to remember that the insurance company does not have the final word. Injury victims are entitled to have a community jury determine the value of the their case when an insurance company places profits over people.
The Dixon Injury Firm has a proven record of fighting insurance companies for their clients. Our injury lawyers fight to ensure our clients receive full reimbursement for all of their harms and losses. Call today for a FREE Consultation at (314) 409-7060. Ask about our NO FEE Guarantee.