According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, whiplash is more commonly reported on insurance claims than any other type of car accident injury in the United States. If you sustained a whiplash injury from a car accident in Utah, you could have a right to get compensated. With more than 33 years of experience handling whiplash claims on behalf of crash victims throughout Utah, personal injury attorney Jay Sheen may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses.
Experiencing Neck Pain After a Car Accident in Utah? Get a Free Legal Consultation
If you think you may be suffering from a whiplash neck injury caused by an automotive accident, it is critically important to speak with a knowledgeable attorney right away. If you delay seeking treatment or taking legal action, you could lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
Jay Sheen handles whiplash claims in Salt Lake County, Weber County, Summit County, Tooele County, Box Elder County, Utah County, Morgan County, Cache County, and other locations throughout the state of Utah. If you are unable to travel due to your injuries, Jay is happy to come to you. We know you’re already going through a tough time while you recover from your accident — let us help lighten your burden by protecting your rights, handling your legal work, and fighting to recover the maximum compensation on your behalf. Jay has decades of experience negotiating personal injury settlements, and is prepared to take your case to court if necessary.
What is Whiplash and How is it Caused?
Whiplash is typically caused by rear-end collisions, where the front of one vehicle strikes the rear of a second vehicle, usually due to following too closely (tailgating). However, whiplash can potentially occur in many types of accident scenarios, such as:
- Bus Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Highway Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Passenger Van Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Side-Impact Collisions (“T-Bone” Accidents)
Whiplash occurs when low-speed or high-speed impacts cause the neck to move back and forth too quickly and forcefully. When the neck is rapidly overextended, its muscles and ligaments can be stretched or even torn. A stretched or torn muscle is commonly called a strain, while a stretched or torn ligament is referred to as a sprain. Whiplash is sometimes referred to as a strained neck, sprained neck, cervical sprain, or cervical strain.
Because the affected tissues are ligaments and muscles, whiplash is classified as a soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injuries are known for being difficult to prove, which is one of the reasons it is so crucial that whiplash victims have aggressive legal representation when negotiating with insurance companies.
Symptoms and Signs You’re Suffering from Whiplash Injuries (Strained/Sprained Neck)
Doctors look for specific symptoms when diagnosing and categorizing whiplash injuries. Whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) may be classified as:
- Grade I — There are no physical signs of injury.
- Grade II — There is detectable musculoskeletal damage.
- Grade III — There is detectable neurological damage.
- Grade IV — The victim has suffered a vertebral fracture (broken neck) or other spinal cord injury. Surgery is necessary to treat the injury.
Symptoms and warning signs you may be suffering from a whiplash injury after being in an auto accident include:
- Blurred Vision
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscle Weakness
- Stiff Neck
- Tingling Sensations
- Tinnitus (Ringing Ears)
Depending on the severity of the injury, whiplash can cause many months of debilitating pain and physical impairment. These effects can make working impossible, especially for people whose jobs involve heavy lifting or other intense physical labor. Severe whiplash can be a disabling injury, especially without prompt medical treatment. Depending on the extent of the victim’s injuries, possible courses of treatment may include:
- Over-the-Counter Medications
- Physical Therapy
- Prescription Painkillers
- Steroid Injections
Salt Lake City Attorneys Helping Crash Victims Get Compensation
If you or one of your family members was diagnosed with whiplash or suffered from neck pain after being in a car, bus, or motorcycle accident, you should talk to a Utah whiplash lawyer right away about the possibility of getting compensated for your losses and expenses. If the accident was caused by the other driver’s careless actions, such as speeding, running a red light, or driving while intoxicated, you could have a personal injury claim. Though making a claim or filing a lawsuit can’t undo the accident, it can potentially help to lighten your financial burden by compensating your current and projected costs, such as surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, prescription medications, medical devices, and lost earnings.
To talk about whether you could have a claim for your whiplash injury in a free and private legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen right away at (801) 618-3580. Jay can answer your questions and help you understand your next steps as an accident victim in Utah.