Typically whiplash lasts a couple weeks, but like most injuries the recover time can vary from person to person. In extreme cases whiplash lash injuries can last several months or even years. In general people with certain risk factors have a higher chance of suffering a more severe injury.
These who are vulnerable to more serious injuries include:
- The elderly
- Those who have had whiplash before
- Those who have existing back or neck pain
- Those that sustain injuries in a high-speed accident
Car accidents injure two million U.S. drivers each year. Some of those drivers suffer serious, life-altering injuries. Many other drivers suffer injuries that prevent them from being able to return to work. Whiplash injuries can be serious, and may sometimes prevent a person from being able to participate in basic life activities. Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to recover compensation for a whiplash injury.
What Is Whiplash?
A whiplash injury is a type of soft tissue injury that affects the muscles and nerves along the neck and arms. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck suddenly jolt forward and backward. Due to sudden movement, muscle tissue and nerves can suffer damage. Accident victims may suffer from a loss of function in their neck, arms, and hands – sometimes even weeks after the crash occurred.
What Are Whiplash Symptoms?
Symptoms of whiplash can occur in the hours, days, and weeks after a crash. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common whiplash symptoms include:
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
You should go to the doctor if you are experiencing whiplash symptoms. Whiplash is a manageable condition. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or physical therapy to treat your symptoms.
Whiplash can also cause a concussion, a type of brain injury that can occur when your head is suddenly jolted. Concussion symptoms can cause issues that include brain fog, drowsiness, headaches, blurry vision, and behavioral problems. These issues can also disrupt a person’s personal and professional life.
Requirements of Pursuing Compensation for Whiplash
Like with any car accident injury, it may be possible to recover compensation if you can demonstrate the other motorist was negligent or reckless. Compensation can help pay for your medical expenses and lost income due to an inability to work. Our lawyer can review the specifics of your case during a free consultation.
California has a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that you can recover compensation even if you are responsible for the crash. However, courts will reduce the amount of compensation based on your fault.
There are requirements for filing a claim. You only have a limited period of time to seek compensation for a whiplash injury. Once you are beyond the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim, you will not be able to pursue compensation. In California, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the injury.
If you suffered your whiplash injury on the job, and a third party caused the injury, then you may be able to recover compensation from a lawsuit and workers’ compensation. Our attorney can answer any questions you have about recovering compensation for a whiplash injury.