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Can I Pursue a Car Accident Claim for Whiplash Injuries?

At the Law Office of Robert Castro, our personal injury attorneys in Maryland know there is often some confusion regarding whiplash injuries, and how their treatment is quantified during a personal injury claim.

Whiplash, no matter what you have heard or seen in pop culture, is a severe injury that may also be categorized as a neck strain or neck sprain that results from a sudden extension or flexion — described as a “whip” motion — that damages the soft tissue in the neck.

Common in car and truck accidents, typically after someone is hit from behind, head-on, or T-boned by another vehicle at any speed or force, whiplash may leave injury victims out of work, and unable to accomplish the day-to-day activities that once supported their quality of life.

Our Waldorf personal injury attorneys represent injury victims with whiplash often and can help you understand the immediate and long-term effects of these injuries during a free consultation today.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms Associated with Whiplash Injuries?

Whiplash can cause significant and ongoing medical problems that seriously affect our clients’ lives going forward, which is why it is important to diagnose all your injuries as quickly as possible by seeking medical care directly after a traffic collision occurs.

Some of the most common whiplash symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic pain or stiffness in the neck, arm, back, muscles, or shoulders
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nerve damage
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating

The sooner medical professionals can assess your injuries — and document them going forward — the better equipped you will be to pursue financial damages later.

How Do Medical Professionals Diagnose Whiplash Injuries?

Whether you are seeking emergency medical care or are seeing your primary care physician, medical professionals are trained to diagnose your injuries based on both the information you give regarding the pain and the technology they have at their disposal to help pinpoint the best treatment plan and recovery methods available for your unique needs.

Whiplash injuries may require medical assessments that include:

  • Traditional X-rays
  • CT scan
  • Specialized imaging needs, including an MRI

These tests will help identify any damage to the soft tissue, muscles, ligaments, or discs in the affected area, so they can prepare the treatment and wellness directions that are right for your unique needs.

After your medical team has outlined your injuries and any chronic pain that is accompanying your condition, contact our experienced auto accident attorneys in Maryland at the Law Office of Robert Castro by calling (301) 870-1200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.