You can get whiplash in a side-impact collision. Healthline states that whiplash can occur whenever your head jerks back and forth, and your neck’s soft tissues extend “beyond their typical range of motion.”
You can get whiplash in a variety of ways, but car accidents top the list. When you do suffer whiplash, you can seek treatment for it. You might take over-the-counter medications or something stronger prescribed by a doctor.
Most often, the condition will resolve itself in a few weeks. Ice and heat application with physical therapy can help you recover. A foam collar for neck stability might be a device your healthcare team recommends to help you avoid pain and strengthen your neck muscles.
Symptoms of Whiplash
As you move forward from your car accident, you may not know if you even have whiplash. Again, seeking medical attention could help you learn more about your condition. A doctor can diagnose your injury and determine what methods could help you recover.
According to Mayo Clinic, some symptoms of whiplash include:
- Headaches beginning at the base of the skull
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Radiating pain in the arms and legs
- A limited range of motion
Depending on the severity of your whiplash injury, you may also be experiencing anxiety, depression, a ringing in the ears, and cognitive difficulties.
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Other Injuries That Can Result from Side-Impact Collisions
Whiplash is not the only type of injury you can get from a side-impact collision.
According to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, some types of injuries that can arise from these situations include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head. These injuries can cause cognitive impairment, problems with speech, and behavioral changes.
Spinal Cord Trauma
Upon impact, a motor vehicle passenger might suffer spinal cord trauma, which can result in lifelong complications. Fractures, nerve damage, and slipped disks can prevent a person from going to work and taking care of their children.
Sometimes, in a side-impact collision, a fire breaks out. This can be extremely dangerous for all involved and can result in second-degree or third-degree burns.
There are other injuries that can be caused by side-impact collisions than those listed here.
Compensatory Options After a Side-Impact Collision
The medical treatment needed to treat your whiplash injury is not free. You will have to find a way to pay for your healthcare expenses and any other accident-related losses. You can do this by filing an insurance claim. You will have to add up the values of each of your damages to determine their total cost. Then, you can send a demand letter to the liable insurer and see if they accept your proposal.
If they do not, you can negotiate with them. Sometimes, this is not successful, as insurance companies do not like paying out claims. They might undervalue your claim, try to argue that you are not actually hurt, or attempt to prove that your injuries are due to another accident altogether.
You might be able to file a lawsuit to seek a fair award. Even as your case unfolds in civil court, you can continue negotiating with the insurer. The American Bar Association (ABA) states that most cases end in insurance settlements, meaning that you could possibly resolve your case without going to trial.
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Bressman Law Could Help You Fight for Damages
A legal representative could take on the pressure and complication of a legal case for you so that you do not have to worry about it.
Bressman Law can help you in this circumstance. Count on us to perform the following tasks throughout the duration of our partnership:
- Filing your case’s paperwork
- Representing you in court and filing your case within Ohio’s statute of limitations
- Communicating with the insurance companies and other attorneys involved in the case
- Evaluating the cost of your damages
- Negotiating a settlement
Call (614) 538-1116 today to talk about your options and what kind of case lies ahead of you. Regardless of whether you are suffering from whiplash, a traumatic brain injury, or broken bones, Bressman Law can stand by you.
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