After being involved in a serious accident, whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are not apparent on X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs or other in-depth diagnostic testing. For that initial period of time whiplash will go untreated for a period of time by doctors, and ignored by the victim’s insurance company when a claim is finally pursued. Silverthorne Attorneys recognizes that whiplash can in fact be a serious debilitating injury for many people. We strive to help clients obtain the compensation they need for medical treatment and lost wages.
Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD): The medical term for this condition is called cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. It is one of the most common injuries associated with car accidents affecting roughly 120,000 people annually in the United States. The trauma is caused by the sudden impact of a car crash that forces the neck to jerk back and forth.
Symptoms: Normally whiplash injuries sustained after a car accident are likely to appear within 24 hours after the accident, but symptoms can also show up several days after the accident. Symptoms of whiplash can include stiffness, neck pain, numbness, headache, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in the arms.
Diagnosis: Doctors will give a patient an examination including an x-ray to determine whether there has been any type of fracture and possibly a CT scan or ultrasound to check for other types of injury. In some cases, doctors may order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study or a dynamic x-ray (taken with patient’s head leaning forward and backward), especially in cases where there is soft tissue damage that is not detectable with a CT or a normal x-ray. A two-year study conducted by the 18-member group called the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders created a classification system for whiplash complaints to help assist doctors in treating patients. The system grades symptoms of the disorder into five categories. The grading starts with no symptoms or grade zero and goes up to the worst category, grade four, represents a patient has neck complaints and fracture or dislocation or an injury to the spinal cord.
Methods used to treat whiplash vary depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. The treatments can include medication for pain and muscle relaxers, steroid injections, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulations, massage, ultrasound, acupuncture, postural alignment training and immobilization. Patients may also be required to use cervical collars, cervical pillows, heating pads, cold compress, and of course get plenty of rest.
Settlement: The Silverthorne Attorneys difference is that our accident law firm will take you on as a client because we are convinced we can win you a settlement. There is no cost to clients until our car accident law firm wins your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.