Whiplash Neck Injury Lawyers in Anoka
We Can Help You Recover Damages
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in a car wreck. A whiplash injury happens when a person is jerked suddenly back and forth or sideways. Even with headrests, seat belts, and airbags, drivers and passengers can be tossed about or jolted so violently that injury is unavoidable, even at slow speeds.
How a Whiplash Injury Can Happen
A collision from any direction can cause a whiplash injury. The trauma sustained from whiplash strains muscles and other soft tissues without necessarily breaking bones. Whiplash can be very painful but is not always immediately realized, as it takes time to heal.
Whiplash is not only caused by car wrecks. Whiplash and neck injury can happen in other ways as well, including:
- Horse riding
- Falling off a bicycle
- Abuse, including shaking a baby
- Contact sports
- Head blows from a heavy object
- Amusement park rides
Consequences of Whiplash
Whiplash pain typically takes 12 to 24 hours to develop.
Then, stiffness, discomfort, and pain worsen, and you may begin to experience some or all the following:
- Restricted movement of the neck
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
In addition to neck injury, whiplash may result in:
- Lower back pain
- Arm and hand pain
- Numbness or “pins and needles” in the arms and hands
- Muscle spasms
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Disturbed sleep
- Broken bones
Less common signs and symptoms may manifest as:
- Loss of memory
- Poor concentration
Treatment of Whiplash
Treatment seeks to alleviate pain and stiffness, as well as heal damaged tissues. Many people find that physical therapy, chiropractic care, or therapeutic massage is sufficient to alleviate their neck pain.
MRI scans, X-rays, CT scans, and treatment by a neurologist or pain management specialist may be ordered. Injections, steroids, medication, and other forms of treatment may be recommended. Sometimes, surgery is all that will ease the pain.
The lawyers and staff at Bolt Law Firm understand the physiology of neck injuries and can guide you through the various types of treatments recommended by your doctors. We will help you understand the nature of your injury and what to expect by interpreting your medical records and doctors’ opinions.