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Whiplash injuries can affect quality of life for several years

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2019 | Injuries

Many people involved in car accidents suffer from whiplash to some extent. Whiplash occurs when there is a sudden movement of the neck forward, backward or sideways. This sudden movement is usually caused by an external impact, and this is why it is so common after a car accident.

Whiplash is often viewed as a minor injury, partly because it is so commonly reported. However, whiplash can vary widely in severity. In some situations, an injured person will suffer significantly for years to come.

This is why it is so important for those suffering whiplash due to a car accident to get the damages that they deserve. They should never fail to underestimate the projected costs of medical treatment and lost wages, because if they do so, they may have to pay out of their own pocket in the long-term.

What are the most common limitations of whiplash?

The most common complaint of those with whiplash injuries is pain and suffering. Pain may be intense at first, and could gradually fade over time. However, minor injuries in the years to come could cause a flare-up.

Due to the pain and the physical limitations of whiplash, it may be necessary to take time off work to recover. This will result in lost wages and you may struggle financially during this time. It may also be impossible to adequately care for your children during your recovery time, and as a result, you may need to pay for childcare.

How can I predict my journey to complete recovery?

It is nearly impossible to accurately predict the future costs of a whiplash injury. Managing pain and avoiding situations that will cause further injuries can be difficult to do. By adequately showing the extent of your injury when making a claim, and by gaining statements from your doctor, you should be able to gain the damages that you deserve.

Make sure that you have identified the profound ways that your whiplash has affected your life. It could have affected your ability to bond with your children, or it could have contributed to mental health issues. Showing the way that the injury has affected you can help you to make a successful claim.