Whiplash is a type of neck injury that is common in car accidents and other physically traumatic circumstances, such as an assault. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a whiplash injury in Denver, the Colorado personal injury law firm of Dormer Harpring can provide you with high-quality legal representation. We can represent you in the pursuit of reasonable compensation for your neck injury. Start by requesting a free consultation at our local law office.
When the head and neck suffer an abrupt backward, forward or sideways motion, it can cause a soft-tissue injury known as whiplash. Whiplash can refer to any damage to the tendons, ligaments and muscles in the neck or upper back, generally due to rapid movements from sudden acceleration and deceleration. In a rear-end car accident, for example, the force of the vehicle moving forward and backward can whip the neck around enough to pull, stretch, tear or otherwise injure its soft tissues.
Some victims experience the symptoms of whiplash immediately, while others do not notice pain or other associated symptoms for a few hours or even days after the accident. This is why it is important to see a doctor right away after a car crash or another violent incident, even if you initially feel fine. Common short-term symptoms of whiplash include:
In general, a case of whiplash will go away entirely in several weeks or less. Common treatments include pain management, stretching and movement exercises, physical therapy, and a cervical collar. Some of the most serious cases of whiplash, however, can result in longer-lasting pain or immobility in the head and neck.
As an injured accident victim in Colorado who has been diagnosed with whiplash, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the person or party that caused your accident. The compensation available could cover your present and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, disability, and more. To receive compensation, however, you or your lawyer must prove that someone else is at fault.
Proving a whiplash injury claim generally requires evidence that one or more parties owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care, carelessly or intentionally violated this duty, and caused your injury. An attorney can help you gather evidence to support your whiplash injuries lawsuit, such as medical bills, a copy of the accident report and expert testimony. You will need clear and convincing evidence that shows that the defendant is more likely to be at fault than not at fault for your injury.
If you have whiplash, neck pain, a back injury or another type of injury after a preventable accident, contact our Denver whiplash injury attorneys at Dormer Harpring for a free consultation. We can help you learn, understand and defend your legal rights in the pursuit of justice. Call (303) 747-4404 or contact us online to speak to an experienced trial lawyer during a no-cost case review.