Whiplash & Car Accidents: Know Your Rights

Whiplash & Car Accidents: Know Your Rights

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries linked to car accidents. Even if you’ve never experienced whiplash, it’s easy to understand: When a vehicle is hit from behind, the driver’s (or passenger’s) head and neck will “whip” forward and back.

Not all cases of whiplash are severe, but this motion can lead to ongoing health complications and serious discomfort.

Whether you’re considering a car accident claim or simply want to be prepared, it’s important to know your legal rights and options after a whiplash accident. Below, you will find a few of the most important factors to consider following an auto accident or whiplash injury.

  • Neck injuries are the most common injury reported on insurance claims. According to research, neck injuries – neck sprains, specifically – are the most frequent form of injury named in bodily injury and personal injury insurance claims. In 2007, 66% of bodily injury coverage claims cited a neck injury.
  • Your height and gender can influence the severity of an injury, along with other factors. Most whiplash injury studies involve front-seat, adult occupants. In fact, women are 1.8 to 2.2 times more likely to suffer whiplash. Other factors include seating position, height, and vehicle weight.
  • Headrests can decrease the chances of a whiplash or neck injury. Headrests are designed for more than comfort. In fact, a properly placed headrest can prevent or minimize serious neck injuries, such as sprains and whiplash. Make sure your headrest is positioned high enough to prevent an injury.
  • Whiplash may not be apparent until several days or weeks after the initial accident. Even though whiplash is one of the most common injuries linked to car accident claims, it isn’t always easy to identify immediately. In fact, whiplash symptoms may not become apparent for several days.

How to Identify a Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is identifiable by pain, spasms, or tightness in the neck. If your injury is accompanied by dizziness, headaches, or nausea, you could have a concussion as well. Sometimes, whiplash injuries damage the esophagus and larynx as well, which may cause difficulty swallowing or chewing.

Other symptoms of whiplash:

  • Burning / tingling in the neck
  • Pain in the upper back
  • Tightness in the upper back
  • Neck pain that accompanies movement

Learn more about your legal rights and options following a serious automobile accident. If you sustained a severe whiplash injury in a car accident, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Biren Law Group are here to help you get the financial compensation you need and deserve.

Ready to start your case? Call Biren Law Group in Los Angeles. We are committed to helping victims of serious accidents and injuries get full and fair compensation for their damages.


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