Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards, or sideways. The vigorous movement of the head overstretches and damages ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves in your neck. You may also injure bones in your spine, as well as disks between your bones. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may experience symptoms for a few weeks, months, or you could suffer long-term complications.
If you’ve suffered whiplash that was caused by someone else’s negligence—such as another driver causing an accident—it’s important to seek the advice of a Los Angeles whiplash injury lawyer. This type of catastrophic injury attorney has experience dealing with whiplash cases, as well as cases involving other soft tissue injuries, such as bruises and sprains.
Soft tissue injuries are pretty common, and they occur in a number of situations. The following are some of the most common causes of whiplash:
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Sports and recreational injuries.
Most people know about whiplash in the context of a car accident injury. However, while many people think that whiplash only occurs in high-speed collisions, it can often be caused by lower-impact crashes. A Los Angeles whiplash injury attorney can also advise you on the best course of action to take to receive compensation for your injuries.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Sometimes symptoms of whiplash are obvious and present immediately after the injury causing accident. Other times pain from a soft tissue injury will present hours or even days after the injury. Furthermore, the pain from a soft tissue injury frequently worsens over time, so pain that seems minor at first may eventually increase past the victim’s pain tolerance.
A whiplash injury may present in a variety of ways. Some common symptoms of a soft tissue injury that warrant contact with a Los Angeles whiplash injury lawyer include:
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Reduced range of motion
- Pain in the shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
Proving Your Case
A whiplash injury lawyer in Los Angeles can help prove that your injuries were incurred because of someone else’s negligence. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, he or she can use the police report, statements from you, the other driver, and witnesses, physical evidence, and expert witnesses, if necessary, to help prove your claim.
An experienced lawyer can help you establish the proof you need to negotiate with insurance companies, and if necessary, help you take legal action in court. Even if you’re found to be partially at fault, you can still recover damages under California’s comparative negligence law, but your award for damages will be reduced by the percentage that you’re at fault.
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