Here at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, we provide legal services for the many victims of accidents that were not their own fault. We operate throughout the Portland, OR, area and recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after an accident.
Whiplash is a common injury inflicted on victims who have been involved in a traffic accident. They are becoming increasingly common when motorists travel too close to each other hoping that they might reach their destination earlier.
Rear end auto accidents are the main cause of whiplash
The injury itself occurs in a rear end accident when a car behind crashes into the rear of a vehicle in front. This causes the front vehicle to jolt vigorously and the passengers and driver’s necks are thrown forwards and backwards in a jerking motion.
There might be no visible sign of injury, but quite substantial damage and associated pain can be still inflicted on the neck. This is referred to as whiplash. Often, cases of whiplash injury are hard to prove as the visible signs of the injury are not as evident as with broken bones and lacerations and the painful side of it often takes a few days or even weeks to develop.
Treatment and recovery from whiplash in Portland
Any of us who has had to endure the excruciating pain of whiplash will not forget that full recovery from a whiplash injury can be a long and painful process. Normally a doctor will suggest more than one type of treatment regime for a whiplash injury. Most doctors will recommend a suitable medication to relieve the painful symptoms of whiplash, as well as physiotherapy. Physiotherapy helps considerably and in the end the pain will be reduced and finally disappear.
Whiplash and neck pain Injuries – Our Portland Attorney Can Help
If you have encountered a whiplash injury in an automobile crash, you are advised to wait a week before the start of a treatment program. Your doctor might suggest and prescribe a suitable medication to counter the pain that you are experiencing in the week following the injury. It is a normal recommendation that physiotherapy does not start until a week has passed, as this is when the full force of the pain of whiplash is starting to develop. Often following an automobile accident a victim might feel pain from a muscle strain or just simply be in shock from the rapid movement that the body has been put through during the crash event.
To be absolutely sure that there is a whiplash injury, there is a delay in beginning physiotherapy. With a muscle strain the pain slowly disappears but with whiplash the pain emerges a week or so after the accident. After assessing the patient throughout the week, the doctor will have established whether the person has a whiplash injury and will arrange physiotherapy treatment immediately.
If there is no noticeable pain after the week has slipped by, then it is probably not a whiplash injury but you should closely monitor your pain level as after a certain period of time there is still some possibility that more pain may occur. The longer the pain is left without being assessed by a doctor, the less likelihood you will have of ensuring that someone is made accountable for your whiplash injury.
Obtaining compensation for your neck injury
If you have sustained a whiplash injury because of an automobile crash, you may be in a position to receive compensation. The value of the compensation will depend on the severity of the injury and how you are disadvantaged financially because of the effect of the injury. It is only an experienced whiplash injury attorney who has the capability to correctly determine the amount of any compensation payment.
Normally, any victim of a whiplash injury can recover damages to cover the cost of medication, physiotherapy and financial losses such as loss of earnings. Often, a whiplash injury reduces the quality of life for the victim, so this disadvantage is included when assessing the value of a damages payment.
Get an experienced whiplash attorney!
If you or a family member is suffering from the burden of a whiplash injury due to an accident that was not your fault then you should contact an experienced whiplash attorney immediately. It is only through this avenue that you will be truly compensated for the true value of your injuries and the hardship they have brought to you and your family. It is absolutely essential that medical reports are available that confirm your injury as these will be used as evidence when pursuing a damages claim.
An experienced attorney will determine if you are eligible to file a claim for damages. You should not be swayed by taking a token amount from the insurer of the person at fault, as this will never cover the cost both financially and emotionally of the suffering you have had to endure.
If you or a loved one is in need of a skilled and experienced whiplash injury attorney in the Portland area, please contact the Law Offices of Jon Friedman now at (503) 242-1440 for your free, confidential assessment.