Whiplash Injury ATtorneys
Whiplash Is The Most Prevalent Crash-related Injury
A whopping two-thirds of all injury claims are whiplash injuries. A whiplash injury is most likely to occur when a vehicle is struck from behind.
When a vehicle is rear-ended, the entire vehicle is jolted forward unexpectedly. And because an object at rests stays at rest unless it is acted upon by an outside force (thanks, Isaac Newton!), the bodies of the occupants inside the moving vehicle stay where they are except to the extent they are pushed.
If you're like most vehicle occupants, your legs and back are making contact with the seat you're in, but your head is not resting against the headrest. That means the vehicle—now moving quickly forward—moves your body forward from your back down, and your head wants to stay where it was, so it whips backward.
This often results in the ligaments and muscles in your neck stretching beyond their capacity, causing hundreds of little micro-abrasions in those soft tissues that are crucial for supporting your cervical spine (read: neck). This is the beginning of a whiplash injury. Because your neck is hyperextended (bending too far back), it rebounds and whips forward. And because your car is no longer being jolted forward, your body is now at rest again, and your neck easily catches up and passes it, throwing your head forward, resulting in your muscles and ligaments once again stretching too far and tearing, though now it's from hyperflexion (bending too far forward). This is the second part of a whiplash injury.
That means the muscles and ligaments in the front and back of your neck are now torn in hundreds of small places. This causes swelling, which causes pain. And as they heal, scar tissue forms where the fissures are, creating further discomfort.
Brain Injuries from Whiplash
Your fragile is floating in liquid in your skull. When your head is whipped backward, the brain, being tethered by its own inertia (Newton again) is thrown against the front part of the skull and may be bruised, resulting in a concussion or brain contusion. This is called a "coup injury."
Then when the head whips forward, the brain may collide with the back of the skull, which could again result in a brain injury. This is called a "countercoup injury."
For more information on brain injuries, read our traumatic brain injury page.
Do I Need a Whiplash Injury Attorney?
A whiplash injury, like any injury, is not something anyone wants to live with. The good news is that if you have a whiplash injury, you were most likely rear-ended, which means it is usually a fairly standard process for a whiplash attorney to make sure you get compensation that allows you to get treatment. And whiplash injuries are very treatable.
Consult with a neck injury attorney if you have been injured or have any questions. A whiplash lawyer should not charge you for a consultation.
At Parry & Pfau, we are neck injury attorneys who understand whiplash injuries and how to prosecute cases involving this very common type of neck injury.