Side impact collisions also referred to as T-bone accidents can cause devastating injuries including whiplash. Whiplash is a very common neck injury caused in car accidents due to the high impact that forcefully moves the neck back and forth. Many victims suffer this type of injury, but it can often be overlooked because symptoms can take up to 24 hours to appear.
An accident at any speed can jerk the body in an unnatural manner. As a result, even a low-speed side impact collision can generate enough force to cause a whiplash injury. Factors besides speed that influence the potential for injuries, include the size and weight of the vehicles involved, the location of impact, the victim’s seat back height and its angle, head restraint location, and road conditions.
See a doctor immediately after a side impact collision and be aware of the following possible symptoms of whiplash:
More severe symptoms are:
Because these symptoms can take time to manifest, seek medical attention again as soon as you begin to experience them. It is crucial to get a proper diagnosis right away and rule out other potential injuries.
Most whiplash victims must wear a soft cervical collar to immobilize the neck in the first two to three weeks after a side impact collision. Other treatment options include:
Surgical treatment is rarely necessary. However, if symptoms continue or worsen after six to eight weeks, and there is evidence of cervical disc damage, you may require surgical repair of the discs (discectomy).
Whiplash victims are entitled to recover the following types of compensation after a side impact accident caused by someone else’s negligence:
To calculate an estimated value for your whiplash injury claim will first involve adding up your economic damages, which are your actual financial losses (e.g., medical bills, lost income, property damage, etc.). Next, that total is often multiplied by a number typically between 1.5 and 5 to calculate your non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering, emotional distress). The more severe your whiplash injury, the higher the multiplier number used.
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