The Most Common Injury Suffered in a Car Accident
Most people would be surprised to know what the most common injury suffered in a car accident really is. While many people may make “fun” of whiplash injuries – they are the most common type of injury suffered and one that is often difficult to prove. As a result, many insurance companies are skeptical of them and of accident victims that claim they have suffered a whiplash injury.
About 15-40 percent of Americans injured in a car accident will suffer with chronic pain for the remainder of their life. A whiplash injury can be debilitating, despite the misperceptions related to whiplash injuries. Because it is difficult to definitively diagnose whiplash, many believe the injury is usually made-up, however this is simply not true. Whiplash injuries not only increase your chances of a lifetime of chronic shoulder and neck pain, they increase the likelihood of additional, unrelated health issues during your lifetime. A twenty-year study done on whiplash patients found that two decades after their auto accidents, more than 50 percent of the patients continued to deal with everyday pain.
As many as one in every hundred whiplash injuries will result in ongoing chronic neck pain, while one in 50 of those with a whiplash injury from an auto accident will deal with chronic pain which is severe enough to required ongoing doctor visits, medications and diagnostic testing a full eight years after the accident. Although whiplash is a relatively common injury, it is often mistreated or ignored altogether. Early range of motion and exercises tend to result in a quicker recovery from whiplash injuries than prolonged immobilization.
Symptoms of whiplash include neck stiffness, neck pain, back pain and back problems, and cognitive issues, including problems with memory and concentration. Although whiplash can seem minor at first—particularly when symptoms are slow to appear—if left untreated, whiplash can cause long-lasting problems.
Getting Help for Your Whiplash Injuries
If you have been injured in a car accident, due to the negligence of another driver, and your whiplash injuries are severe, it could be extremely beneficial for you to speak to an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney. Your attorney will work hard on your behalf for an equitable settlement, and will ensure your rights are properly protected.
Contact Our Denver Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered a whiplash injury, we can help. Our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to tackle these complex cases and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. We can get you the compensation you need and deserve during this difficult time. Call the Denver personal injury law firm of Paysinger Law, P.C. today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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