Whiplash and Other Neck Injuries from Car Accidents

Columbus Traffic Accident Attorney

Whiplash injuries occur when the force of a car accident puts stress on the soft tissues of your body, resulting in strains, sprains, and herniated discs in the neck. Neck injuries can also occur if your neck is struck during a car accident. Serious injuries of this type can occur in relatively low-speed rear-end collisions, though you may have trouble convincing an insurance company of this.

If you suffer a neck injury, you may benefit from the help of a car accident lawyer who knows how to represent you. Anthony Castelli is an attorney who can help you communicate your injuries properly to maximize the chance you will get appropriate compensation. For help after your car accident in Columbus, Ohio, please contact Anthony Castelli today for a free consultation.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is when your neck suffers injury from the force of your head being whipped back and forth by the force of a car accident. This can result in:

  • Neck muscle strains
  • Neck ligament sprains
  • Neck ligament ruptures
  • Herniated discs in the neck
  • Pinched nerves

These injuries can occur even in relatively low-speed crashes when there is little damage to your vehicle, and no impact that may result in other types of neck injury.

Is Whiplash Injury Serious?

Any neck injury is potentially very serious. Although minor neck muscles strains and sprains will typically heal on their own—though they may require a long time to do so and may cause pain and disability during recovery—neck ligament ruptures, herniated discs, and pinched nerves are different.

Neck ligament rupture may require surgery to reattach the torn ligament. Herniated discs may never heal on their own and may require serious intervention like fusion surgery that removes the disc and fuses your vertebrae together. Pinched nerves may be alleviated by treating herniated discs, or they may be so injured they will also never recover, resulting in pain, dizziness, buzzing in the ears, and more long-term or permanent effects.

Insurance Companies Dismiss Neck Injuries

Although neck injuries are the most commonly reported physical injury after a car accident, insurance companies often dismiss your neck injury as being in your head and not in your neck. Worse, they may claim your injuries are fraudulent, which is insulting and degrading.

To get full compensation for neck injuries sustained in a car accident, you need the help of an attorney who understands how to communicate your injuries in a way that commands respect. See our 5 Fundamentals of Uncompromising Advocacy to learn more about how we convince insurance companies and courts that your injuries are real and deserve compensation.

To talk to Anthony Castelli about your neck injury after a car accident, please contact us today for a free consultation in Columbus, Ohio.