The injuries to the neck that are commonly referred to as “whiplash”1 are generally thought to relatively minor. If you hear someone has whiplash, you may not think it is that serious of an issue and may not understand why they are seeking compensation for their injuries. However, if you sustain whiplash injuries in a car accident, you can suddenly understand how serious this type of injury can be. The following are only some of the ways that whiplash can significantly affect your life.
Require treatment – If you believe you may have injured any part of your neck, you should always seek medical attention as soon as possible as these injuries can worsen quickly if not properly treated. Many people with whiplash require the following:
The costs of all of these treatments can add up quickly and cause financial strain on your household.
Keep you from working – Whiplash can be painful and can significantly restrict the range of movement in your neck. If you have a job that requires you to be actively moving, lifting, working with tools, or any other activity that requires regular movement in your neck and back, you may likely have to take time off from work while you recover. This can cause you to lose income and can only increase financial stress.
Cause you pain – Pain and limitations from whiplash can last for months even with treatment and for years without proper treatment. Whiplash pain is not only in your neck but can radiate into your shoulders, back, and even cause chronic headaches. All of this pain can wear you down and can even cause emotional problems.
Prevent you from enjoyable activities – Many of us have hobbies and activities that help us live fulfilled and well-rounded lives. However, whiplash can keep you from exercising, riding a bicycle, playing sports, playing with your children, or even engaging in certain crafts. This can seriously impact the quality and enjoyment of life until your injury has recovered.
If you have sustained whiplash or any other injury in a car accident, Fountain Law Firm P.C. wants to help you. Indianapolis personal injury Attorney Merry Fountain will meet with you either in her office or in the comfort of your own home. Please call today at 317-917-7873 for a free consultation.