Whiplash in an Atlanta Auto Accident: A Serious Injury


March 15, 2011

Every year about one million people suffer whiplash injuries in auto accidents throughout the U.S. Whiplash is a non-medical term that describes neck pain involving an injury to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles resulting from a hyperextension/hyperflexion injury of the neck. This type of injury is most often associated with auto accidents and is caused by the neck moving beyond its normal range of motion either in an abrupt forward or backward motion.

However, many Georgia auto accident victims underestimate the significance of whiplash injuries and fail to seek prompt medical treatment following a car crash. Whiplash injuries can be quite serious with injuries lasting six months or longer for over 75 percent of all whiplash victims, and 15 percent of all whiplash victims still experiencing symptoms as long as three years after an auto accident.

Someone involved in an auto accident that sustains whiplash may not even experience all of the symptoms for days, weeks or even months after the accident. This lack of immediate symptoms and the mistaken belief that whiplash is a minor injury leads many auto accident whiplash victims to delay seeking medical attention. This failure to get immediate treatment often results in a slower recovery and/or difficulty proving the cause of one’s injury when symptoms finally appear. In order to determine whether someone is actually suffering from whiplash, it is sometimes necessary to use specialized imaging tests, such as MRIs or CT scans. This is due to the fact that the injuries that occur to the soft tissues in the neck, like the muscles and ligaments, cannot be seen on standard X-rays.

After a confirmation and recommendation for treatment, all records and documentation should be kept and provided to your auto accident attorney. You should also comply with all directions of your physician and follow through on all treatment and therapy. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, lower back pain, pain or numbness in the hands or arms, dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, shortness of memory, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, fatigue, and irritability.

Although whiplash may not seem to be a serious injury, it can cause a lot of physical pain, extended and expensive medical treatment and prolonged periods of disability. The average auto accident victim that suffers a whiplash injury is temporarily disabled and unable to return to work for eight weeks. Given that medical treatment and pain management from whiplash may last months and even years and involves prolonged periods of lost income, these auto accident-related injuries often cause enormous stress and anxiety for Atlanta car accident victims and their families. Our experienced Georgia auto accident lawyers will zealously represent your best interests so that you can recover the financial compensation you need to cover these staggering costs and focus on healing.

Many insurance carriers dismiss the seriousness of whiplash injuries and take the position that an auto accident victim is either faking or exaggerating his or her injuries. Insurance adjusters love to use insulting phrases like “low impact” collision as they make inappropriate settlement offers far below the real value of an injury victim’s claim. If you are injured or a loved one’s life is tragically taken in an Atlanta car accident, Montlick and Associates will work hard and give its best efforts to obtain the full value of your claim as we have been doing for car accident victims throughout Georgia for over a quarter of a century.

The Atlanta Georgia auto accident lawyers of Montlick and Associates is available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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