When I travel to and from work on I-90, it is not unusual for me to see a car accident, typically around the Barker road exit in Spokane Valley or near the Division or Freya exit in Spokane. Due to the fact that I am an attorney that practices personal injury law in the Spokane area, I know first-hand that injuries arising from car accidents can range from merely annoying (bruises) to tragic (fatality). I’ve been involved in a number of cases where a person’s entire life was changed forever because some other driver failed to follow the rules of the road.
One of the more common injuries arising from car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is a term used by doctors to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissue of the neck (e.g., ligaments, tendons, and muscles). Whiplash is caused by an unusual force being applied to a person’s neck that in turn causes the neck to move beyond its normal range of motion. What troubles many insurance companies and juries is that objective evidence of whiplash can be hard to uncover by medical professionals. Neither MRIs nor X-Rays can detect soft tissue damage.
Merely because objective evidence is hard to come by does not mean that whiplash does not exist. In fact, whiplash can have a profound and life changing effect on people. The typical symptoms of whiplash include, but are not limited to, neck pain, swelling, tenderness, muscle spasms, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. When confronted with a patient suffering from whiplash, medical professionals typically prescribe rest and pain medication. In more serious cases, a doctor may prescribe physical therapy.
Whiplash is curable, but it can last for a number of years. Whiplash can also significantly interfere with a person’s life. It is just another reason to drive safely when traveling home.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident because of another’s negligence, please give me a call. I am an attorney in the Spokane area that practices personal injury law. Consults are free.
- Whiplash: A Common Source of Neck Pain (everydayhealth.com)