Throughout Canada, whiplash injuries are the cause for over two million insurance claims each year, and cost an average of C$600 million per year.
Whiplash is essentially an injury occurring to the neck by a sudden stop. This causes the head to move back then quickly jerk forward, similar to the motion of a whip. These motions cause the muscles and ligaments in the neck beyond their regular range of motion, which causes painful, yet non-life threatening injuries.
Have you or someone that you love suffered a whiplash injury in a collision that was caused by another motorist?
At the law offices of Greg Monforton & Partners, our team of car accident lawyers believe the victim may be able to receive compensation for their losses and damages.
Compensation may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Causes of Whiplash Injuries
In most cases, whiplash injuries are caused by automobile accidents where the vehicle being traveled in is stationary, and another vehicle collides from behind. Rear-end collisions are thought to be the primary cause of these accidents because they cause both the head and neck to hyper-extend while the seat is pushing the torso forwards. The head and neck are then thrown into a hyper flexed position.
When combined, this creates the whip motion which strains the muscles and ligaments of the neck.
The most common causes of whiplash include:
As auto accidents continue to lead the way in whiplash injuries, individuals can do their best to prevent injury by sitting in an upright position while driving. This will help to prevent unnecessary movements which cause these types of injuries.
If you suspect that you are suffering from whiplash, it is recommended to seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries
Typically, a person who is suffering from whiplash will develop symptoms within twenty-four hours of the injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, these can range from short-term acute to long-term chronic symptoms.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a number of individuals who have experienced whiplash to experience long term problems.
A few common short term symptoms of whiplash include:
- Arm pain
- Arm weakness
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Ringing of the ears
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Problems with memory
- Jaw pain
Common long term symptoms include:
- Drug dependency
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome
- Sleeping problems
- Social isolation
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms after an auto accident, you could be suffering from a whiplash injury and should consult a physician as soon as possible.
Broader Types of Whiplash Injuries
Recent studies have shown that senior citizens and women that have low muscle mass and have flexible necks are at an increased susceptibility to whiplash injuries. This is especially so in an instance where the head and neck are quickly moved back and forth in a ruthless manner.
As a result, there are many broader forms of whiplash injuries that may occur as well.
Some of these types of injuries include:
- Aches and pain throughout the body
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neck sprain
- Reoccurring neck conditions
- Spine conditions
If you are suffering from a whiplash injury that was caused by the negligence of another individual, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses by speaking one of our auto accident barristers at Greg Monforton and Partners today.
Treatment of Whiplash Injuries
There are a number of different techniques used to treat whiplash injuries, while they also depend on the severity of the injury and the symptoms present.
One of the best things an individual suffering from whiplash can do is recognize the cause, treatments, and outcomes of the injury; this will help them to achieve a full recovery.
It is often that individuals will not take the necessary steps during the initial phase of the injury, and these symptoms eventually turn into chronic symptoms.
A few treatments for whiplash injury include:
- Medications these can include painkillers, injections of lidocaine, and muscle relaxants.
- Therapy This consists of physical therapy by the use of ice, heat, ultrasound, and performing manual therapy.
- Foam Collars These should only be worn three hours at a time, unless you are sleeping. Foam collars are known to decrease muscle mass and strength which hinders recovery and recovery time.
Of course, there are other forms of treatment that individuals may select to treat whiplash, however, these are the most commonly used by medical professionals today.
Need Help? Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Barrister
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident which resulted in a whiplash injury, the victim could be eligible to receive compensation for their losses. In some instances, an individual may have lost someone they love, which could result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
At Greg Monforton and Partners, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of all Ontario citizens, and have a strong history of helping clients receive the MAXIMUM compensation benefits they deserve from their tragic incident.
With our headquarters in Windsor, we are able to serve the entire province of Ontario.
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