Whiplash injuries caused by an auto accident are extremely unpredictable. Even a moderate car, truck, or motorcycle accident may cause symptoms for weeks or months at a time. More severe whiplash may involve traumatic brain injury and lifelong consequences for the victim.
Our team of personal injury attorneys understands how serious a whiplash injury can be. If you or someone close to you has been injured in this type of accident, you will want to pay close attention to any signs indicating the severity of a whiplash case.
Signs that Whiplash May Have Caused Brain Injury
The violent propelling of the brain against the skull during whiplash can lead to brain injury. If that is the case for you, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, or certain sensations
Unlike injuries that cause bleeding or are otherwise obvious, a non-penetrating head injury causes symptoms that other people might not even notice. Without getting noticed and thereby diagnosed, the brain injury may go untreated, which can lead to long-term damage and injury.
We recommend that you visit your doctor if you have been involved in a car accident, even if you don't think you are injured. Symptoms aren't always immediate, and you may not notice the subtle mental effects of a brain injury at first. Let a physician you trust help to diagnose if your whiplash requires further medical attention.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end collisions. There are about 1.7 million rear-end crashes in the U.S. each year according to federal statistics. Around 500,000 Americans are injured in these car accidents annually with nearly nine in 10 caused by driver inattention.
Whiplash affects the soft tissue part of the neck. It can also injure your spine, ligaments, joints, muscles, nerves, and brain. In a rear-end collision, the person in the vehicle in front will first have their head and neck flung forward. The head is then propelled backward and usually bounces forward again. This whiplash motion can cause significant trauma to the head and neck area.
Injury Compensation may be available
Whiplash that involves brain trauma can become expensive, quickly, especially if you are forced to miss time from work or require longer-term physical therapy. On a personal level, you may face a wide array of expenses because of this injury, such as:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Costs of rehabilitative care
- Emergency room expenses
- Surgical fees
On top of these economic costs, you may also experience pain and suffering, as well as a diminished quality of life. Whiplash injuries can be expensive, which is why you need and deserve maximum compensation.
What to do if you have suffered from whiplash following an auto accident
If you've been injured in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligence, then you deserve maximum compensation and justice. Treatment for a brain injury can be expensive but the team of auto accident attorneys at Bashore Green are here to help. Call 248-209-6009 or contact us online to learn more.