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Neck Injuries

Whiplash or soft tissue neck injury from a car accident

FAQs from our Michigan injury lawyers on whiplash and soft tissue neck injuries that are often suffered by auto accident victims, especially after rear-end collisions

Michigan auto accident victims, especially those who have been injured in a rear-end collision, frequently suffer extreme pain as a result of whiplash or soft tissue neck injuries. Below is some information about these injuries.

To speak with an injury lawyer, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. The call and the advice is free.

What is a whiplash or soft tissue neck injury?

Whiplash, which is sometimes referred to as a soft tissue neck injury, can occur during rear-end auto accidents when a person’s head suddenly moves backward and then forward – similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip.

This is also explained the Mayo Clinic website. Whiplash results in neck injury because the “extreme” backward and forward motions push a person’s neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion.

Can a Michigan auto accident involving a rear-end collision cause whiplash?

Yes. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, rear-end car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.

Is “whiplash” a serious injury?

Absolutely. Even though many personal injury lawyers and insurance companies misunderstand the nature of whiplash injuries and, thus, minimize their severity and debilitating effects, whiplash injuries are very serious and must treated accordingly.

To illustrate how serious whiplash injuries are, consider that approximately 250,000 whiplash cases every year result in chronic pain and disability. Additionally, consider that the average whiplash victim is still suffering from significant pain more than eight years later.

What are the signs and symptoms of whiplash?

Michigan auto accident victims who have been seriously injured in a rear-end collision may be suffering from whiplash if any of the following symptoms are observed:

  • Neck pain and stiffness,
  • Headaches,
  • Dizziness,
  • Blurred vision,
  • Fatigue,
  • Difficulty concentrating,
  • Memory problems,
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus),
  • Sleep disturbances,
  • Irritability.

– Source, Mayo Clinic

What should I do if I think I have whiplash?

If you suspect you have whiplash, it’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Those who choose to self-diagnose neck injuries like whiplash and attempt to correct the problem themselves, will likely end up with permanent neck injuries and chronic problems that last a lifetime.

What are complications of whiplash?

Traumatic arthritis is one of the problems that can result from whiplash neck injuries. Other complications include nerve root compression, neuritis of the neck, shoulder, and arm, as well as extreme nervousness, fatigue, and even susceptibility to further disc injuries to the neck from jolts and shocks.

What are some common whiplash treatments?

If you have a soft tissue neck injury, you should consult a physician immediately. Treatment and diagnosis of whiplash include chiropractic or medical evaluation, an MRI, and physical and massage therapy.

Unfortunately, not all neck injuries, especially whiplash neck injuries (because it is a soft tissue injury), can be seen with x-rays, even if you are experiencing great pain. That is why your physician will likely prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and/or certain exercises to see if your pain is lessened. A cervical collar or neck brace may also be required. For severe whiplash neck injuries, neck surgery may be necessary. Here’s more information on neck injury treatment and recovery.

If I have whiplash, how can an injury lawyer help me?

There is no downside to contacting a personal injury lawyer with questions about your soft tissue neck injury. Most good injury lawyers will not charge you a fee to answer questions or for a case evaluation.

Whiplash injuries require large treatment costs, so you should consult a personal injury attorney lawyer who is experienced in soft tissue and whiplash injuries. Why? The initial symptoms of whiplash usually subside in two to four weeks, but many auto accident victims experience pain for weeks, months or even years after. Most personal injury lawyers in Michigan do not understand this basic fact, and settle whiplash cases as minor personal injury claims — instead of the potentially very serious and permanent injuries that they may be.

If you are suffering from whiplash due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your soft tissue neck injury and losses. Damages may include medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability.

No other personal injury law firm in Michigan has as much experience, or has achieved the record-breaking verdicts and settlements in whiplash, neck injuries, and soft tissue injuries as Michigan Auto Law.

Call Michigan Auto Law. Our injury attorneys can help.

If you have a neck injury or whiplash as a result of another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. Our injury lawyers can answer all of your questions. Or you can fill out our consultation form. There is no fee or obligation, and we’re always here to help.

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