Whiplash Neck Injuries
Whiplash is the most common injury to the neck. In fact, a full 1.8 million Americans suffer some degree of whiplash injury annually from various types of accidents. Unfortunately, these injuries are by nature difficult to prove; therefore, a victim would do well to hire a New Jersey neck injury attorney to help gain compensation.
What Is “Whiplash”?
Whiplash is caused by a sudden flexing, jarring, or extending of the neck. Its technical name is cervical acceleration/deceleration trauma, and it is actually a syndrome of injuries. Among these are damage to ligaments, muscles, and tendons, all of which are delicate, soft tissues.
Whiplash injuries are very common. They can occur from accidents involving slip and falls, machinery, and motor vehicles, among others. They account for 40% of all injuries in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of whiplash injuries from motor vehicle accidents occur in rear-end collisions.
Why Is Whiplash Injury Difficult to Prove?
The soft tissues of the neck are not readily shown in conventional X-ray tests. For this reason, the insurance company handing a defendant’s case is likely to balk at a proposed settlement, and may even claim the injuries are non-existent.
A New Jersey neck injury attorney may need to get the treating physician to state in writing that the injury is actual. Indeed, any victim of an accident who has suffered whiplash can attest that the pain, limitation of movement, and resultant diminishment of ability to manage daily affairs is very real.
If You Have Been Injured
If you suffer a whiplash injury due to the negligence of another, New Jersey neck injury attorney Dan Matrafajlo may be able to help. Mr. Matrafajlo is an experienced attorney who will fight to help you gain compensation. Call 908-248-4404 today to arrange a free consultation.