Whiplash Caused by Rear-End Accidents, West Palm Beach Attorney Explains
Whiplash occurs when the head and neck move forward and back in a very fast motion, which commonly occurs in rear-end car accidents. That quick motion can cause damage to the connective tissue in the neck.
Sometimes the pain caused by whiplash is not felt right away. Instead, it can take hours or days for symptoms to appear. In some cases, whiplash isn’t felt until months after an accident.
The signs to look out for after an accident
If you were involved in a rear-end auto accident, here are some signs and symptoms of whiplash to watch out for:
- Pain when moving the back, neck or shoulders
- Spasming or tightness of back, neck and shoulder muscles
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Hoarseness (this could possibly indicate further damage of the larynx or esophagus)
- Unusual sensations (tingling, burning, etc.)
Whenever you are in an accident, it’s important that you see a doctor immediately - even if you feel fine. Your doctor will be able to accurately diagnose any illnesses and injuries you have, as well as the treatment options available to you.
Make sure to save all notes and paperwork from the doctor for future reference and always obtain a record of a doctor’s appointment following a car accident. This can be beneficial when it comes time to file a personal injury claim.
Attorney David J. Glatthorn’s record speaks for itself
West Palm Beach car accident lawyer David J. Glatthorn has seen what can happen to injured motorists after a rear-end accident. All too often, people dismiss their injuries, especially if they aren’t felt right away. However, it’s critical that injuries get addressed and treated immediately after an accident. Even minor fender-benders can cause real and lasting damage, whether or not you’re immediately aware of it.
Furthermore, failure to seek medical attention can hurt your chances of receiving compensation for any financial losses associated with your crash. This is because whiplash can be difficult to prove. Insurance companies are also likely to downplay the seriousness of your injuries. Without a thorough medical evaluation, your claim could be denied.
If you were involved in an accident, see a doctor first. Then contact Attorney David J. Glatthorn right away. He is widely recognized as an experienced lawyer in his field. He is a “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL,” according to Super Lawyers. U.S. News also rated attorney Glatthorn one of the “Best Lawyers” for personal injury litigation in West Palm Beach in 2018. He earned that reputation by fighting for injured people throughout southern Florida. Find out how he can help you after your rear-end car accident. Contact us today.