On TV, whiplash injury is often played for laughs, but in truth it can be serious and debilitating, sometimes resulting in permanent damage. In an auto accident, whiplash is caused by rapid, unnatural movements to the neck, head and back. It can produce serious problems with several areas of the body, including:
When the head is "whipped" back and forth during the impact of an auto accident, muscles and ligaments can be strained or even torn. The spine, if whipped hard enough, can bend out of position and cause compression factures to the vertebrae as well as herniated or even ruptured discs. Injuries in the lower part of the back can occur, as well.
If you've been involved in an auto accident, even if you don't seem to have suffered whiplash, it's important to consult a doctor. Symptoms of whiplash aren't always apparent immediately after the injury is sustained. In order to ensure correct treatment, and to know exactly how you've been injured, the advice of a doctor is vital.
The advice of an experienced auto accident attorney can also be vital. Too often, people suffer serious head injuries due to the negligence or carelessness of other drivers and are left with insufficient insurance to cover the sometimes long-term, complex, and expensive care they need. Because whiplash injuries affect the spine and spinal cord, their long-term effects can be debilitating.
With over a century of combined experience, James R. Omer & Associates, PLLC can put that knowledge to work and be sure you get the compensation you need to pay for proper care for your whiplash injuries. Please contact our experienced Nashville, Tennessee auto accident attorneys to see what we can do to help you.