Nearly 120,000 people suffer whiplash annually in the United States, and rear-end accidents are the leading cause of this debilitating injury. Whiplash can cause chronic pain, limit your movement, and prevent you from returning to work for several weeks during recovery.
In addition to lost income, the cost of X-rays and rehabilitation can be exorbitant. If your whiplash was caused by a negligent driver, though, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury claim.
Mississippi is a “fault” insurance state, which means that the insurance company of the driver who causes a collision is liable for damages that other parties incur. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always willing to step up to the plate and offer a fair payout. This is where a personal injury lawyer can help.
If you suffered a neck injury in a crash with a negligent motorist, turn to Ballard Law, PLLC. William E. Ballard will help you navigate the claims process and fight for the maximum compensation. Call 769-572-5111 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a car wreck attorney in Madison.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Some car accident injuries are easier to notice than others. For example, if you suffer a broken bone or deep laceration in a collision, it won’t take long for you to notice that something is wrong; however, injuries to the neck and back can seem subtle at first due to the shock and adrenaline caused by a serious crash.
It is common for several hours or even days to pass before a person notices the symptoms of whiplash. As Mayo Clinic explains, the effects of whiplash can vary from one person to the next. You should seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Lower back pain;
- Pain between the shoulder blades;
- Neck strain;
- Inability to concentrate;
- Persistent headaches;
- Disorientation; or
- Difficulty sleeping.
What Are Effective Treatments for Whiplash?
Most people who suffer whiplash do not require surgery; however, it is important that you refrain from strenuous physical activities until your symptoms subside. According to WebMD, your doctor may also recommend the following treatments for pain and swelling:
- Applying ice to your neck for 15 minutes every three to four hours;
- Taking over-the-counter painkillers such as NSAIDs;
- Applying a moist, hot towel to your neck;
- Massage therapy; and
- Ultrasound therapy.
Medical treatment for whiplash can easily amount to several thousand dollars—and that’s not counting lost wages. If your injury was caused by another driver’s negligence, you should not have to pay for these losses out of your own pocket.
William E. Ballard will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and help you fight for the maximum payout. Mr. Ballard has a reputation for tough litigation and a strategy for winning substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients. Call 769-572-5111 today to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Madison.