Colorado Springs Whiplash Lawyers
Colorado Springs Car Crash Laws
It is estimated that as many as 3 million people in the United States suffer from whiplash each year. Whiplash can damage the neck muscles and ligaments, as well as the discs in the spine. It can cause significant pain and discomfort, and sometimes, it can lead to long-term problems. Therefore, if you have been in an accident or have experienced any trauma to the neck, it is essential to see a doctor to check for a whiplash.
The personal inury attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., Timothy Bussey and Philip Shadwick, are committed to assisting our clients in getting the compensation they need to put their lives back together following whiplash or another serious injury. Call (719) 475-2555 to receive a no-cost consultation.
What Damage Can a Whiplash Injury Cause?
Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur when the head is suddenly and forcefully jerked forward or backward. The most common cause of whiplash is car accidents, which can also happen during falls, sports injuries, or trauma. Whiplash can cause various symptoms, including neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and even arm or leg pain. In severe cases, it can lead to nerve damage, paralysis, and even death. While most people recover from whiplash within a few weeks, some experience long-term effects. If you have been in a car accident or any other type of accident that has caused you to experience neck pain or any other symptom of whiplash, it is vital to see a doctor immediately.
How Can a Whiplash Injury Be Diagnosed?
A medical professional can diagnose a whiplash injury through a physical examination and a review of the person's symptoms. For example, the medical professional will look for neck pain, tenderness, and decreased range of motion in the neck. They will also ask the person about their symptoms, such as whether they experienced a sudden jolt or jerk to the head and whether they are experiencing headaches, dizziness, or numbness in the arms or legs. Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, may also be ordered to rule out other potential causes of the person's symptoms.
Treatment for Whiplash
Most people with whiplash recover within a few weeks with conservative treatment, such as ice, heat, pain medication, and physical therapy. However, some people may experience persistent pain and disability. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged ligaments or vertebrae. A successful personal injury lawsuit can recover financial compensation to help cover the costs of these and all medical costs associated with your injury.
Car Crash Liability
If the accident that caused your injury happened due to a driver rear-ending you, that driver would likely be liable for your injuries. However, if both you and the other driver were at fault to a degree, then liability may be apportioned based on each of your respective degrees of negligence. In some cases, liability may also be imposed on a third party, a car manufacturer, if a defective part contributed to the accident.
Contact a Lawyer After an Accident
You must contact a lawyer immediately if you've sustained a whiplash injury. Whiplash can be severe, and you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. will be able to evaluate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call (719) 475-2555 today for a consultation.