Whiplash is a type neck injury that often results in certain types of car accident cases. It results from the neck and head being subjected to sudden movements, stops, or starts. Whiplash injuries most commonly result from rear-end collisions or from t-bone type accidents. Whiplash can result in very serious damage to the neck, head, or spine, and can occur for both passengers and drivers.
What Does Whiplash Treatment Involve?
As mentioned, whiplash injuries can be severe and can cause loss of movement in the neck or spine regions. In some cases, they can also be coupled with temporary or permanent paralysis. Whiplash treatment often involves:
- Time spent in the hospital recuperating
- Administering of medicines to reduce severe pain
- Wearing of a neck brace for several weeks
- Strengthening of the neck muscles (muscular rehab therapy)
In addition, whiplash treatment can sometimes involve psychological aspects, especially if the victim has experienced mental or emotional trauma from the incident.
What Type of Compensation Is Available for Whiplash Treatment Costs?
In many whiplash cases and lawsuits, financial compensation may be available for treatment costs. These costs can include:
- Medical expenses
- Surgery costs
- Rehab/therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering (in some cases)
- Medicines and pharmaceutical costs
Also, in some cases involving intentional conduct or particularly reckless behavior, the defendant may be required to pay punitive damages. Many states place limits on the amount of damages that the plaintiff can collect for whiplash injuries. Also, some whiplash cases may involve workers compensation claims, especially if the person was driving a company car during work hours.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Whiplash Treatment Lawsuits?
Whiplash cases can often involve complex legal theories and advanced analysis of evidence. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help with your whiplash claim. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help you if you need to file a lawsuit or if you need to appear in court. State personal injury laws can vary, but your lawyer will be able to provide you with advice and guidance for your case.