The most misunderstood injury commonly caused by car accidents in Colorado Springs is whiplash. Because it cannot be seen, people sometimes assume that whiplash sufferers are malingering or even faking their injuries. Whiplash is, in fact, a very common injury that is most often caused by rear-end collisions. With more than 200,000 cases of whiplash reported every year, whiplash is one of the most common injuries seen in automobile accidents.
Learn the facts about whiplash:
Heavier cars, and those with reinforced frames can help protect riders from injury, but may not be as effective in preventing whiplash. The vehicle’s frame may absorb a lot of the impact in a collision, preventing the car from crumbling, but the forces that cause whiplash to happen as a result of acceleration and deceleration, and even the sturdiest vehicles cannot eliminate those forces. Thus, an accident with very little damage evident can still lead to whiplash.
A crash at high speeds is more likely to affect the severity of a whiplash injury, but the forces that cause whiplash can occur even at relatively low speeds. Whiplash injuries have been confirmed in crashes with speeds of less than ten miles per hour.
Whiplash injuries are commonly divided into four categories, according to the type and severity of symptoms, and the physician’s clinical observations.
If you are in an accident in which you have been hit from behind, or in any circumstances where whiplash might be possible, you should be aware of the possibility of whiplash. It is tempting, in a seemingly minor collision where the damage to the vehicles is minimal, to simply continue on one’s way without calling the police or taking any action. If you are in an accident in which you have been hit from behind, or in any circumstances where whiplash might be possible, you should be aware of the possibility of whiplash. It is tempting, in a seemingly minor collision where the damage to the vehicles is minimal, to simply continue on one’s way without calling the police or taking any action. There is a risk involved in such a course of action. Once you leave the scene of the accident, evidence that might prove who was at fault may be lost. Even if you exchange information with the other driver, things may change after some time passes. A driver who willingly admits responsibility may change his mind later. Potential witnesses will disappear and their statements will be lost. Even more important, you may have a whiplash injury and not be aware of it until the next day, or even later. With no record of the accident, it will be almost impossible for you to prove that an after-discovered injury was not caused somewhere else.If you experience any pain at all after an accident, you should see a doctor. Even if you do not experience immediate pain or discomfort, a doctor can examine you for hidden injuries. A mild whiplash injury may not require any treatment beyond rest and mild pain relievers, but it may cause you to miss work, school, or other activities.
Recovery times for whiplash injuries vary according to the severity of the injury, the age of the injured person, the presence of a pre-existing condition, and other factors. Most mild whiplash symptoms clear up within days. More severe cases may require more extensive diagnostic tools and treatments. Some whiplash cases may involve permanent nerve or spinal damage.Headaches, fatigue, anxiety, memory disturbances, and muscle spasms have also been reported after whiplash injuries. Common treatments include immobilization of the neck, heat or cold applied to the area, muscle relaxers, and painkillers. Many whiplash sufferers find relief with chiropractic care, but make sure to consult your physician before seeking chiropractic treatment. In severe cases, more invasive treatments, including surgery, may be required.
In any accident case, you should not be in a hurry to accept a settlement from an insurance company. Once you accept a settlement, you give up your right to collect any money in the future. Accepting a settlement too soon can be disastrous if you have not completely recovered from any injuries. Do not let any insurance company pressure you into accepting a hasty settlement if you have any doubts at all about whether you are fully recovered.
Your Colorado Springs personal injury law firm can help get payment for medical expenses while your case is pending, so you should not feel pressured to accept an early settlement.
The Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorneys at Springs Law Group know how to handle a whiplash injury case. We do not charge you any legal fees unless we get a settlement or award for you. Our initial consultation is free. Call one of our accident specialists today at 719-421-7141.