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Whiplash Injuries Can Have Serious Consequences

 Posted on February 24, 2023 in Personal Injury

Palo Alto Personal Injury LawyerIf you have never suffered a whiplash injury, you may be under the impression it is just a minor injury. However, whiplash can be a painful and complex injury, causing a variety of symptoms that leave the person who suffered the injury dealing with chronic pain and even neurological issues.

How Does Whiplash Occur

A whiplash injury can happen when there is a violent jerking of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip. This jerking motion can damage ligaments, soft tissue, and even bones that are around the neck and upper back. Whiplash is typically diagnosed after the physician has run a series of imaging tests (X-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans) that rule out other injuries.

One of the most common causes of whiplash is vehicle accidents, however, any type of accident that causes whipping of the neck can result in damage.

Whiplash Classifications

When a person suffers a whiplash injury in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, they may be entitled to damages for the losses they have suffered due to that injury. They may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and any future health issues the injury could cause.

One of the factors that are considered in any type of insurance settlement or jury award is the extent of the injury. There are four grades of whiplash injuries that a person can sustain. These grades are based on certain symptoms:

  • Grade 0 – The person has no symptoms of pain.

  • Grade 1 – The person usually has tenderness around the injured area, stiffness, and pain. There is typically no physical sign of an injury.

  • Grade 2 – The person has symptoms from Grade 1, but also has signs of injuries, such as swelling and/or bruising. They may suffer from muscle spasms.

  • Grade 3 – In addition to the above symptoms, the person also has neurological symptoms, including headaches, muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, trouble swallowing, vertigo, and vision problems.

  • Grade 4 – At this level, the person also has dislocations or fractures along with symptoms in the other grades.

Contact a Palo Alto Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a whiplash injury – or any other injury – in an accident caused by another party, contact a San Jose, CA personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have. Call Fuller Law Firm at 408-234-7563 to schedule a free case evaluation.




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