The term "whiplash" may be commonly associated with the Oscar-nominated 2014 film of the same name in recent months, but whiplash also happens to be the most frequent injury sustained in Alabama car accidents.
Whiplash is one of many cervical injuries that occur in a traumatic and violent car accident, along with bulging discs, herniated discs and, in the worst of cases, paralysis.
Victims who have suffered whiplash may have a legal claim for their injuries, allowing them to recover medical costs along with other possible damages in the event of negligence, the violation of safety violations or faulty equipment. An experienced Alabama accident attorney will help victims determine their legal options, but understanding what whiplash is and how it affects victims is essential.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury that results from the violent impact of a vehicular collision. Typically, rear-end collisions cause whiplash most frequently, resulting in a driver's head to move backwards directly prior to snapping forward in a sudden and violent motion. This unnaturally sudden movement of the head and neck strains the neck muscles, often causing severe damage.
The dangerous aspect of whiplash is that many victims will leave the scene of the accident believing they have no injuries since whiplash can take a day or longer to appear. In the most treatable cases, whiplash can be alleviated through over the counter medications to relieve headaches, nausea and any residual pain.
In the worst cases, chronic pain can result, requires extensive medications, therapy and long leaves of absence from work. Injured whiplash victims can have these costs covered in the event that another party involved in the accident performed a legal wrong of some sort.
As a result, if you have been in an auto accident
and suffered whiplash in the city of Foley, Mobile, Baldwin or Escambia Counties, contact Noel B. Leonard
to schedule a legal consultation to determine your legal rights. Noel B. Leonard will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for medical costs while you work to repair your body and your life post-accident.
Contact Noel or call (251) 943-8638 to schedule a legal consultation today.