Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. This injury to soft tissue, ligaments, and muscles in the neck is caused when force, such as a sudden stop, pushes the head beyond its normal range of motion. While some consider this type of personal injury to be relatively minor, whiplash can have far-reaching repercussions and continue to impact your work, social, and family life for years to come.
Bakersfield whiplash injury attorney Mickey Fine will take time to understand how your injury has and will continue to impact your life, and will fight tirelessly to help you get the full compensation you are due.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash injuries are most commonly caused by the following accidents:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Construction Accidents
- Oil Field Accidents
They often involve a person in a car that is not moving who is hit by a car from behind. While this is how whiplash injuries are most often caused, any sort of sudden impact the causes the head and neck to snap forward and back can result in a whiplash injury.
Diagnosis of Whiplash
Post accident, victims are often taken to a hospital to have their injuries diagnosed and treated. A medical professional will then examine the patient in multiple ways to determine if the injuries are serious enough for immediate medical attention. Based on how serious the doctor determines the whiplash injury to be, a neck roll may be recommended to keep the neck in a stable position while it heals. A doctor may order x-rays of the neck area to determine if any other damage has been done. This is perhaps the most important thing to check for as a neck injury that is serious can cause lifelong pain if it is not correctly diagnosed.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash typically include:
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Difficulties moving the head or neck
- Swelling of the neck or shoulders
- Muscles spasms throughout the back
These symptoms may be accompanied by a headache, jaw tension, and other types of facial pain. Severe cases of whiplash may also be accompanied by ringing in the ears, vision disturbances, and symptoms similar to spinal cord injuries. In some instances, acute whiplash treatment will provide relief to these issues.
Living with Whiplash
Even with whiplash treatment, many people will continue to suffer from headaches, occasional movement limitations, and muscle spasms. Whiplash may also result in excessive fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive interruptions. These things can come and go for a number of years, but may never fully go away.
Insurance companies often treat whiplash as an inconsequential injury and typically offer far less than this injury demands. Only with an aggressive Bakersfield whiplash injury attorney on your side can you be sure you are treated fairly and provided with the compensation you truly deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with our experienced Bakersfield whiplash injury attorney, please contact us today. Mickey Fine assists victims of whiplash in Bakersfield and throughout California.
Compensation for Whiplash Injuries
California law states that accident victims are entitled to compensation for the injuries that they acquire from an accident caused by negligence. If you are experiencing terrible neck pain after an accident, you may be suffering from a whiplash injury. With the help of experienced whiplash attorney, Mickey Fine, you may be able to recover damages in your case that include:
- Medical bills
- Missed time at work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Rehab costs and Physical therapy bills
The value of your whiplash injury claim will vary based on the circumstances of your accident. However, Mickey Fine has found that it is not uncommon for a lot of his clients to undervalue their whiplash injury claim.
If you happen to be in an accident and are experiencing neck pain, you may have a serious whiplash injury. Don’t let it get the best of you, a contact Mickey Fine right away. He will take your whiplash injury seriously, and work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Law Offices of Mickey Fine – Bakersfield Office
930 Truxtun Ave, Suite 110
Bakersfield, CA 93301