Soft-tissue damage caused by the sudden distortion and extension of the neck is known as whiplash. Since soft-tissue damage means there is no broken bone or fracture, many people wrongly believe that whiplash is a minor injury that does not need to be treated. The truth is that if left untreated, whiplash and its resulting injuries can have serious, life-altering consequences on your life and make it challenging for you to perform daily tasks such as exercising and working.
If you’ve suffered from a whiplash or a neck-related injury that was the result of an accident that was caused by another person’s negligent acts, you should contact a whiplash lawyer at Studinski Law, LLC. We may be able to help you secure whiplash compensation for your losses. Call us today at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a time to discuss your situation.
Causes of Whiplash and Neck Injuries
Almost any type of motor vehicle accident has the ability to damage the soft tissues of the neck. At Studinski Law, LLC, our serious injury lawyers represent those who have sustained a whiplash injury due to:
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash may develop within 24 hours following an accident. If you are a victim of whiplash, you may not realize it until days or sometimes weeks after the accident when you start to experience pain, stiffness, or other signs and symptoms. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Swallowing challenges
- Difficulty with concentration or memory
- Limited range of motion in the neck
- Neck tenderness
- Pain that worsens when you move
Whiplash is usually classified by grades that are dependent on the severity of the injury. If there are no physical signs of injury, your whiplash may be grade 0. If you experience neck pain but no physical signs, grade 1 may be the appropriate classification.
If there are signs of musculoskeletal injury and you are complaining of neck pain, your whiplash injury is likely grade 2. The grade 3 classification is used when there are signs of neurological impairment and you are suffering from neck pain. Grade 4, the most severe whiplash injury classification, often indicates dislocation, fracture, or spinal cord injury.
Diagnosing and Treating Whiplash Injuries
A doctor will test for whiplash by searching for pain in different areas of your neck, head, and arms. They may ask you to move and perform several tasks to determine whether your injury has impacted your strength, reflexes, or range of motion. In addition, x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans may be conducted in order to rule out other reasons for the neck pain you may be experiencing.
If the doctor diagnoses whiplash, you will likely need to take over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications, rest, or apply heat or ice to the neck. The doctor may also encourage you to limit neck movement when by wearing an assistive device like a neck collar or brace. Stretching as well as physical therapy may be ordered as well in order to increase your strength and build up range of motion in your neck. Surgery is only a treatment option in extremely severe cases.
Neck Injuries Other Than Whiplash
Although whiplash is the most common type of neck injury, other types of neck injuries do arise. Some of these neck injuries may include fractures, disc injuries, sprains, and cervical dislocation. Regardless of the type of neck injury you’ve suffered from, you should visit a doctor right away. If you believe negligence may have been the cause of your accident, you should contact a lawyer to discuss your potential case.
Why Consult a Wisconsin Neck Injury Lawyer
If you’ve sustained neck pain after a car accident or another accident that was someone else’s fault, it is in your best interest to reach out to a neck injury lawyer at Studinski Law, LLC. We can hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence so that you may be able to recover compensation for losses such as past and future medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning capacity, and loss of society and companionship.
Our firm is determined to acquiring the fair value of your claim and will fight insurance companies or other third parties to collect full compensation on your behalf. If necessary, we can take your case to trial. Additionally, we can help you receive the medical treatment you need without having to pay for anything out-of-pocket.
Contact Studinski Law, LLC Today
If you are facing the financial burden of your whiplash or neck injury, please contact Studinski Law, LLC at (715) 343-2850 as soon as possible. Since 1998, we’ve helped victims of car accident whiplash and other neck injuries obtain the compensation they deserve. Let us improve your situation so that you can focus on what matters most: recovering.