The last thing anybody expects when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle is it they will be involved in an accident. However, accidents are not uncommon in and around the Los Angeles area. Most vehicle accident injuries are relatively minor, but we need to stress how important it is not to underestimate whiplash injuries. Whiplash can lead to significant pain and suffering, and the symptoms of this injury are often delayed by hours or even days after the accident occurs. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our car accident attorneys want to discuss what you should do if you have sustained a whiplash injury after a crash.
Whiplash is not always a minor injury
First, it is important to point out that whiplash should not be considered a “minor” injury. Despite what comedy shows would have us believe, a whiplash injury can significantly affect a person’s ability to work or carry out daily activities. Whiplash injuries can lead to significant pain and suffering, and they often result in a victim sustaining massive medical bills as they seek treatment. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our attorneys firmly believe and helping victims of whiplash secure compensation for their losses.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash after a car accident
Whiplash injuries occur when an external force causes our heads to rapidly shift back and forth or side to side, similar to the effect of a whip cracking (hence the term whiplash). This motion can cause significant damage to the spine, the discs between the spinal bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and other tissues in the neck and upper back.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash injuries include:
- Stiffness or neck pain
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Severe headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Tenderness in the upper back, shoulders, or neck
Often, the signs and symptoms of whiplash are not noticeable immediately following the incident. It could take hours or even more than a day for a crash victim to begin to experience pain from a whiplash injury. This often complicates a car accident case because a whiplash injury victim may initially refuse treatment after the crash. It is vital that crash victims seek medical care as soon as possible after the incident occurs. If a crash victim begins to feel pain at any time after the incident, even days later, they need to go see a doctor immediately.
Call our Los Angeles car accident attorneys today
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident caused by another driver, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our qualified and experienced team will help secure the compensation you need. This can include coverage of medical bills, lost wages, household out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering damages, property damage expenses, and more. When you need a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by calling 310-997-0904 for a free consultation.