Whether you have suffered a whiplash injury or have a loved one who has, it is likely you believe at least one myth about this type of injury. Read on to learn about these myths and the facts of the situation. If you have suffered this type of injury, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Fact or Myth: If You Don’t Have Symptoms within 72 Hours of the Accident Then You Will Not Have Issues in the Future
Myth. You could suffer injuries from whiplash months later – or, in extreme cases – a year later. For this reason, it is common for a person to be involved in a car accident, have symptoms of whiplash months later, and not ever associate the two. This is why it is important to see a doctor after any accident – even if you believe you have not suffered an injury or that your injuries are minor.
Fact or Myth: A Low-Speed Collision is Unlikely to Cause Serious Injury
Myth. Even if your vehicle suffered little to no damage, that does not mean that you have not suffered a serious injury. Consider that your vehicle, by law, either has a 2.5 MPH or 5 MPH bumper on it. That does not protect you – in fact it transfers energy of low-speed accidents to the occupants of the vehicle. Think of it like hitting a group of pool balls with the cue – the group breaks quickly and the cue stays put.
Fact or Myth: Seatbelts Prevent Whiplash
Myth. Does wearing a seatbelt significantly increase your chances of surviving a car accident? Absolutely – but they do not render you invincible. In fact, a seatbelt can actually increase the chance that you will suffer whiplash. How? Because it holds your body in place while your neck pivots. This intensifies the motion of the head, which can increase who serious a neck injury is.
Fact or Myth: Over-the-Counter Medications Are All That Can Help You Heal from Whiplash
Myth. You may be surprised to learn that taking pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications can actually slow down the recovery process from whiplash. They simply mask the symptoms. Real, long-term solutions to whiplash include rehab and restored function – not rest. Not heat, which can actually cause inflammation. New innovations can help people heal faster than ever before.
Work with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered in a car accident, then you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 we can begin by looking at the facts of the case. We will determine if you have grounds for a case or not. Call now and we can get started right away.