Bridgeview Whiplash Accident Lawyer Fights for Victim’s Rights
Illinois attorney seeks full compensation for painful, debilitating injuries
Whiplash can be a frightening experience. Your head is tossed back and forth and your neck feels like it is stretched to the breaking point. Then there’s a long convalescence, filled with sleepless nights as the pain keeps you awake, and you have to cope with diminished mobility in your neck for an extended period of recovery. If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury, the Law Skinner Firm, P.C. in Bridgeview, Illinois is prepared to help. For more than 20 years, we’ve provided highly professional and aggressive legal representation to car accident victims. We are ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash results from the violent motion of the head or the torso, back and forth or side to side. A whiplash event, such as a car accident, pushes the body in one direction, stretching the soft tissues throughout the spinal column, then immediately yanks the body back, causing hyperextension in the opposite direction. The action repeats until the energy that caused the event dissipates. The resulting damage can include strained and torn muscles, tendons and cartilage, pinched nerves, stress fractures to vertebrae, painful inflammation of soft tissue, herniated discs and even spinal injuries.
What kind of accidents can cause whiplash in Bridgeview?
The most common causes of whiplash are motor vehicle accidents, although whiplash is frequently experienced in contact sports as well. Rear-end collisions and T-bone crashes are most likely to cause whiplash because of the sudden acceleration and deceleration related to the impact. Whiplash can also occur in mass transit accidents when passengers are tossed about.
Symptoms of whiplash after a car crash
Whiplash includes a combination of symptoms that result from violent back-and-forth motion. Common symptoms include:
- Dizziness, i.e., vertigo
- Headaches, mainly at the base of the skull
- Loss of range of motion
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Worsening pain with neck movement
Whiplash symptoms might present themselves immediately or take hours or even days to manifest. If you have been in a car crash, you should seek medical attention immediately for your own health and to establish a record for use in pursuing a damages claim.
Diagnosing and treating whiplash injuries after a car accident
Traditionally, whiplash claims depending on a victim’s oral testimony, because medical diagnostics, such as X-rays, did not detect soft tissue damage. Fortunately, science has advanced. We now have computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can reveal soft tissue damage. But even with these modern diagnostics, whiplash is not easy to prove. Patients with similar test results can report widely diverging experiences of pain. For many patients, whiplash clears up within weeks, whereas other patients continue to experience pain that never fully resolves. It’s important to get the most thorough diagnose possible in order to obtain correct and thorough treatment.
What types of compensation are available for whiplash cases in Bridgeview?
Victims of negligence are entitled to compensation for their economic losses, such as medical bills and lost earnings, as well as for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. As your legal representatives, we are determined to pursue the highest amount of damages possible given the facts of your case.
Contact our personal injury attorneys for a free neck and back injury consultation
The Skinner Law Firm, P.C. in Bridgeview, Illinois provides effective representation for people who suffer whiplash injuries in auto accidents. We have delivered positive results in cases throughout the Cook County area for more than 20 years. Please call 312-635-6459 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.