Whiplash, Chronic Pain and Personal Injury Lawsuits

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Auto accidents lead to a wide variety of injuries, from broken bones to burns. However, one of the most common injuries sustained in an auto accident is whiplash. Although this injury isn't obvious to onlookers, it can cause significant symptoms. Below is some basic information about whiplash and how it can affect your life.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the neck is moved quickly in a back-and-forth motion, often as the result of an impact while driving or riding in a vehicle. Some of the symptoms of whiplash may include:

Pain and stiffness in the neck
Pain between the shoulder blades
Pain or numbness in the hand and arm
Lower back pain
Trouble concentrating
Sleep disturbances.

Do People with Whiplash Recover?

Some people with whiplash will eventually recover and experience no further symptoms. However, other people will continue to experience chronic symptoms of whiplash for many years to come. In these cases, whiplash is a long-lasting and potentially debilitating injury. Unfortunately, whiplash isn't always taken as seriously as it should be.

When the symptoms of whiplash continue for years after the initial injury, this condition can affect the victim's life in many ways.

Some of the possible effects include:

Chronic pain - In many cases, persistent whiplash injuries cause the victim to experience headaches and pain in the neck, upper back, arms and hands for the rest of their life.

Disability - When the symptoms from a chronic whiplash injury are severe, the victim may be unable to work or enjoy other activities that were once part of his or her life.

Expense - Many people with persistent whiplash injuries must undergo treatment to reduce pain and other symptoms. These treatments lead to expensive medical bills, even if the individual has insurance coverage.

Mood disturbances - As a result of the chronic pain, disability and financial struggles associated with a chronic condition like whiplash, many people suffer psychological symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.

Diminished quality of life - All of the effects of whiplash combined can lead to a diminished quality of life for people with this condition.

Can a Person with a Whiplash Injury File a Lawsuit?

Even though it may not be visible, whiplash is still a serious injury that can cause chronic pain and have a potentially catastrophic effect on the victim's life. Fortunately, if you sustained a whiplash injury because of someone else's negligence, such as a distracted driver who caused a crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To obtain this compensation, you must file a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible. If this lawsuit is successful, you will receive compensation to cover all your medical expenses, lost income and any other costs you incurred because of the injury. You may also receive compensation for the loss of the quality of your life and the trauma you experienced.

When it comes to filing personal injury lawsuits, victims often mistakenly believe that they won't be able to win the case with whiplash or another "invisible" injury because the effects aren't as obvious. However, with the right attorney on your side, you can build a strong case even with an injury that isn't visible to the naked eye. A skilled attorney who is familiar with the effects of chronic pain can find ways of conveying that pain to help you recover a satisfactory settlement.

If you are suffering from a whiplash injury or another injury that is causing you chronic pain, contact a chronic pain injury attorney to find out how you can get justice and recover compensation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thabet Khalidi
The lawyers at the Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC have decades of experience providing strategic, efficient and cost-effective legal representation. We are experienced litigators who are ready and willing to take chronic pain injury cases to court. We understand well the unique strategy and approach required to fight for justice for a client whose chronic pain injury impedes their ability to live fully and productively. Our lawyers are committed to efficiently and cost-effectively resolving your legal issue so you can move on with your life.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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