How Common is a Whiplash
Injury After a Car Accident?

Whiplash (also called neck sprain or neck strain) is a soft tissue injury
which occurs when the neck forcibly bends forward and then backward – like cracking a whip.

Whiplash Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles

Whiplash Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles

Car accidents can vary considerably in type and severity. Those that are deemed relatively minor such as fender benders and rear-end collisions can still lead to serious injuries. More extreme motor vehicle collisions including high-speed crashes and rollover accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, such as TBI (traumatic brain injury) and paralysis.

One type of injury – whiplash – is commonly seen in virtually all types of car accidents. From low-impact (or rear-end collisions) to T-bone (or broadside) car accidents, whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained by both drivers and passengers.

Below we will look at what a whiplash injury entails, review the treatment options that are available for injured victims, and provide important information about how to file a personal injury civil lawsuit to recover maximum financial compensation.

What is a Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash (also called neck sprain or neck strain) is a soft tissue injury which occurs when the neck forcibly bends forward and then backward – like cracking a whip. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, typically as a result of sudden extension and flexion. Whiplash commonly occurs as a result of a motor vehicle accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.

Whiplash symptoms typically appear within 24 hours after an incident (most commonly due to a car accident, but also slip and falls, sporting accidents, and physical abuse). In some cases, whiplash symptoms can take several days to manifest. Whiplash symptoms can linger for several weeks, depending on the severity of the injury.

Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain at the base of the skull
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Shoulder pain
  • Memory loss
  • Lower back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in the hand
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Numbness in either the arm or hand
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Problems concentrating
  • Abnormal sensations (burning or prickling)

According to the Mayo Clinic, most people who suffer a whiplash injury recover within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.

Filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident can be a means of recovering financial compensation for various losses, including hospital or medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

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How Common is Whiplash?

It is estimated that approximately 3 million Americans are injured by whiplash every year. The vast majority of those cases are a result of car accidents which, as the Mayo Clinic reports, tend to be rear-end collisions. However, high-speed and T-bone car accidents are also common causes of whiplash.

The National Institute of Health offers the following whiplash statistics:

  • The worldwide annual incidence of symptomatic whiplash injuries varies between 16 and 200 per 100,000
  • The incidence of whiplash injury varies greatly between different parts of the world — with rates as high as 70 per 100,000 inhabitants in Quebec, Canada, 106 per 100,000 in Australia, and 188-325 per 100,000 inhabitants in the Netherlands
  • 20%-40% of whiplash patients tend to develop chronic symptoms

If you are one of the 20-40% of injured victims who develop chronic whiplash symptoms, ensuring you have a skilled and experienced attorney handling your personal injury claim is of utmost importance.

Schedule an appointment online for a free consultation today, or call us directly to speak to our top-rated, expert car accident attorneys.

Can I Recover Compensation After a Car Accident Whiplash Injury?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of another driver’s negligence or error, you may be able to recover significant financial compensation for a variety of damages. However, as California is a comparative fault state, even if you were partially at fault for the accident that caused your whiplash injury, you may still be able to recover financial compensation. At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we pursue maximum financial compensation for injured car accident victims, helping them make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.

DLG’s skilled Car Accident Division attorneys will fight to recover all applicable damages for your whiplash injury – both economic and non-economic.

Some common damages that may be recoverable after a car accident whiplash injury include:

Economic Damages:

  • Lost wages
  • Hospital or medical expenses
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Property damage

Non-Economic Damages:

  • Reduced quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress

Hiring the Best Whiplash Injury Lawyers in California

DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with over 25 years of legal expertise. Throughout his career, Dordulian has obtained more than 100 jury trial victories, a level of experience that can’t be matched by most personal injury lawyers.

With DLG, car accident victims can have peace of mind knowing that their claims are in the best possible hands, and that we’ll never settle for less than the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Unlike settlement mill firms that may be quick to accept a lowball of unfair offer, we prepare every case for trial. With Dordulian’s courtroom experience, you can be confident that we’ll fight to recover the maximum financial damages award you deserve following a whiplash injury.

If you experienced a car accident injury, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG’s experience and proven results are why California whiplash injury victims consistently choose us to handle their claims and help ensure a successful resolution is reached. DLG provides clients added advantages and benefits that can’t be found elsewhere:

  • More than $100,000,000 successfully recovered in settlements and verdicts
  • Over 25 years of experience
  • A 98% success record
  • Former Deputy District Attorney for L.A. County
  • More than 100 jury trial victories
  • In-house Chief Investigator/retired LAPD detective
  • Former auto insurance defense attorneys fighting for you

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free and no obligation consultation. We’ll review the facts of your whiplash injury case, launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD Central Traffic Division detective, Moses Castillo, and develop an aggressive but precise legal strategy in pursuit of maximum financial compensation.

DLG’s No Win/No Fee Guarantee means all California whiplash injury victims are able to secure the absolute best legal representation available without ever having to worry about upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses. You don’t pay a penny until we successfully recover a maximum financial damages award for your whiplash injury.

If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury as a result of a car accident, you could be facing years of chronic pain and medical expenses. Accordingly, you need a skilled, trusted, and proven car accident attorney like Sam Dordulian to help ensure you recover all applicable financial compensation needed to make a full recovery. Don’t settle for an inexperienced or unproven firm that could put your whiplash injury claim in jeopardy and leave you with mounting medical bills. Choose the experts at DLG who have the experience and proven results you deserve, allowing you to focus on what’s most important – your physical recovery and overall well-being – while we handle the stressful details and fight to recover you a maximum financial damages award.

For a whiplash injury, the best call you can make is to the experienced lawyers at DLG.

For your self-driving car accident injury, the best call you can make is to California’s leading team of experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys at DLG. We’ll fight aggressively as your dedicated legal advocates to ensure you obtain the justice you deserve.

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