Symptoms can be delayed for 24 hours or more, never be in a hurry to sign any kind of release of liability forms.
More than 1,000,000 whiplash injuries occur each year due to car accidents. However, this is just an estimate because many whiplash cases go unreported. This is often due to the fact that the symptoms of whiplash can be delayed by 24 hours or more. The victims that experience these delayed symptoms may never end up seeking medical attention for their injuries. In addition, they may not get enough of a settlement to pay for their medical expenses.
Whiplash is simply an injury to the neck. It can also be referred to as a neck sprain or strain and is characterized by a number of different symptoms. Because there are so many intricate parts of the neck, many of these can be damaged in the event of trauma. These parts include the discs, intervertebral joints, ligaments, nerve roots, and cervical muscles.
When the head is jerked in a forward and/or backward motion, whiplash occurs. One of the most common causes of whiplash is a car accident. When a person is involved in an auto accident, they should always seek medical attention, even if the accident seems minor in nature. But what often happens is that after an accident, the victim may not feel anything at first and yet an injury has occurred. When no pain or injury is felt, they decide not to get medical attention but this can be a costly mistake, both physically and financially.
Symptoms Associated with Whiplash
Not all whiplash cases are the same. Much depends upon the severity of the trauma. It’s possible to have only minor symptoms, while others may have severe injuries and that may take a lot of time to recover. Some symptoms may be felt right away, while others may take a couple of days to show up. If a person has experienced whiplash, they may develop one or more of the following symptoms:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Fatigue and irritability
- Difficulty with sleeping
When Delayed Symptoms Occur
In addition to the negative health consequences that can occur from delayed symptoms, there is also the insurance aspect to take into consideration. Many people end up paying out-of-pocket for their medical expenses when accident-related injuries, like delayed whiplash, don’t show up right away. This is especially true if a person settles with the insurance company right away.
Therefore, it is wise not to be in a hurry to sign any kind of release of liability forms. Instead, there needs to be time allotted to see if any delayed symptoms reveal themselves. This is why seeking appropriate medical attention right after being in an accident is such a good idea. Not only does this help from an insurance aspect, but a person will have an improved chance of a more complete and rapid recovery.
Why Hire the Hoffmann Law Firm?
Our sole focus is on helping the victims of car accidents receive full and fair compensation. We never rush to settle your case for less than its full value. We do not hesitate to take cases to court when insurers won’t treat you fairly.
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