The accident victim with a whiplash-associated disorder suffers recurring pain; yet, no one can see that same pain. That is why it becomes so hard to win a fair compensation, when some accidental occurrence has caused a victim to suffer the effects of a whiplash injury.
Is there a way to prove the existence of pain?
Victims that have taken the time to keep a record of the periods when the pain becomes most severe have the best chance for providing proof of their painful sensations. It also helps to have evidence of pain killers taken, such as bills from a doctor or pharmacist.
What causes whiplash?
It is caused by an abrupt force on the neck. Frequently, someone that exhibits the symptoms of whiplash has been in a rear-end collision. The force supplied by the car that hit the rear end of the victim’s vehicle caused the neck to move in an abrupt fashion.
The risks that may be introduced by a whiplash-associated injury include damage to brain tissues and neck muscles. There maybe instances when the brain may have hit the walls of the skull. That can lead to development of a traumatic brain injury or even the condition known as hydrocephalus.
You can take steps so that it becomes easier to arrive at a fair settlement. At the scene of the accident, do not suggest that you are OK. You need to take medical help as soon as possible. Ask to have your muscles tested. Ask about the testing of your nerve reactions (your reflexes). Inquire into the possibility of being scheduled for a CT scan or an MRI. Those imaging techniques help to show if the brain has hit the inside wall of the skull. If a child was in the hit vehicle, ask about obtaining a referral to a pediatric neurologist.
Ask about a prescription for pain medications. Find out if you can be referred to a physiotherapist. Document the appearance of any symptom: headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, memory loss, fatigue, depression, ringing in ears, lack of sleep, tingling in arms, or pain in the back or in the neck. Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Mississauga. Speak with that same lawyer about the factors that increase the likelihood that the victim of a car accident has suffered a whiplash-associated injury. If any of those factors apply to the victim’s accident, that can help to prove the existence of a whiplash-associated disorder.
What factors can increase the chances that occupants of a hit car will suffer the consequences of whiplash?
• High speed of car that made the impact.
• Victim was not wearing a seat belt. Victim failed to use shoulder harness.
• Air bag did not deploy.
• Position of headrest failed to diminish sufficiently the intensity of the applied force.