Whiplash often results from rear-end car crashes. The Mayo Clinic says the injury is caused by the head suddenly moving backward and then forward. It’s similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. Whiplash can be mild or severe. Its mild form can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. But some people develop chronic pain after a whiplash injury. Whiplash can also cause memory problems, difficulty concentrating, disturbed sleep and other symptoms. These conditions impact the victim’s quality of life.
Those who suffer whiplash or other neck trauma in a vehicle accident that was not their fault have reason to seek financial relief for their pain and suffering, medical expenses and other losses. To learn how the Chicago auto accident lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help you, call us today at 312-372-1227 or contact us online. We can provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We represent clients from throughout the Chicago land area and Illinois, including residents of Cook and Lake counties.
Car Crashes and Whiplash
Being hit from behind by another motor vehicle can make your car violently lurch forward. If you are wearing a seat belt with a shoulder strap in a rear-end collision, your body moves with the car, but your unrestrained head and neck abruptly extend and then snap back in a jerking motion.
This is whiplash. It is a traumatic injury that damages neck muscles, neck ligaments and spinal disks. While it is by far most commonly caused by motor vehicle collisions, any sharp, jerking action applied to the head and neck can cause whiplash.
Whiplash symptoms may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disturbances
The Mayo Clinic recommends immediate medical attention for whiplash victims if:
- Pain spreads to their shoulders or arms
- It becomes painful to move their head
- Numbness, tingling or weakness arises in their arms.
Recovery from most whiplash injuries takes two or three months, the Mayo Clinic says. But severe whiplash may result in pain for several months or one to two years. In some whiplash patients, neck pain persists with little or no relief, despite the use of prescription pain relievers and/or muscle relaxers, stronger medication like lidocaine (Xylocaine) injections, physical therapy and/or assistive devices like cervical collars.
Our Chicago Whiplash Attorneys Can Help
If you suffer from whiplash or other neck trauma injury because of an accident that someone else caused, such as a rear-end accident, an experienced Chicago whiplash attorney from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., may be able to help you. You may have a right to money to assist you with medical expenses and your loss of income while you recover.
In general, victims of whiplash caused by accidents can obtain funds to cover:
- Medical bills
- Hospital expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering.
Contact Our Chicago Whiplash Lawyers Today
Proving negligence in a personal injury lawsuit based on whiplash or a similar neck trauma injury can be complicated. An experienced Chicago whiplash lawyer can provide the time, experience and resources that such lawsuits demand. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., today at 312-372-1227 or through our online contact form. We can arrange a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.