If you were in an accident that resulted in whiplash or back injury, you may be entitled to recover your medical costs and other damages if someone else was at fault. However, identifying whiplash and back injuries is not always easy, as the symptoms may not manifest for several days after the accident.
Our attorneys at The Attkisson Law Firm, LLC understand how painful and frustrating your injuries may be but we can help. We have extensive experience in dealing with personal injury cases and can help you pursue fair compensation. We proudly serve clients in Dayton, Springfield, and Troy Ohio as well as the surrounding areas.
Whiplash occurs when an accident causes a rapid motion of the neck in an unrestrained manner. Although whiplash injuries often happen in a car accident, they can also occur at work or if you slip and fall while on someone else’s property. Common symptoms associated with whiplash include:
Stiffness or pinching
Loss of range of motion in the neck
Tenderness or soreness in the neck
Fortunately, you can make a full recovery from whiplash. However, you will likely require medical attention and should visit the emergency room or your doctor immediately after the accident. Doing so will minimize the damage and provide supporting documentation for filing a personal injury claim.
Back injuries can be caused by a blow, jolt, or sudden stress that results in herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, sprains, strains, and other problems. The Mayo Clinic identifies some of the signs and symptoms of back pain as:
Shooting or stabbing pain
Pain that radiates down your leg
Pain that worsens upon bending, lifting, standing, or walking
Pain that improves upon reclining
Unfortunately, back injuries can cause pain and suffering for an indefinite amount of time. Acute back pain generally comes on suddenly and lasts no more than six weeks. Chronic back pain is that which lasts more than three months.
Although the cause for injury can vary, some of the most common causes of whiplash and back injury include:
According to the Mayo Clinic, the leading cause of whiplash is auto accidents. The impact of another vehicle or object can cause your neck to whip back and forth.
Contact sports can cause a person to become vulnerable in the neck, head, and back area. One hit from a football, soccer, or hockey player, can cause severe whiplash and back injury, taking the player out of the game indefinitely.
Another common cause of whiplash is accidents that occur on another person’s property. A store owner may be negligent in providing a safe environment for customers or guests. Poor lighting, construction, damaged walkways, or a spilled drink can easily lead to a slip and fall accident, causing the victim severe neck and back injuries.
Workers may sustain neck and back injuries in the workplace from an accident such as falling objects or even pain that develops over time due to repetitive motion or strain.
Whiplash or back injury can also occur to victims of abuse or assault. For example, when someone shakes or strikes another person violently, it could cause whiplash.
The amount of compensation that you may be entitled to often depends on a wide range of factors such as how the accident occurred, who is involved, and the extent of your injury-related damages. Damages may include:
Lost pay during recovery
Lost future earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Emotional or mental trauma
After your accident, it is important to document your case and keep careful records that you can share with your attorney. A law firm can help you establish fault and liability, calculate your losses, and negotiate with the insurance company.
The Attkisson Law Firm, LLC, works with clients in all types of personal injury cases, including accidents that result in whiplash and back injury. We will fight to help you obtain fair compensation. Call our law firm today to get a free case assessment from a personal injury lawyer in Dayton, OH. We also work with clients in Springfield, Troy, and cities in Ohio.