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Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney for a Whiplash Case?

Published October 31, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The following is a guest post from Nadrich & Cohen, a California Law Firm

Serious Whiplash Injuries – What is it & What Can You Do About it

“Whiplash” is the name of a collection of injuries that are often suffered by people in certain types of accidents. However, the popular conception of whiplash is that it is an invention of victims who simply want to make money from an unfortunate accident and therefore create an injury that does not really exist. However, whiplash is very real, as medical evidence shows, and those who suffer from it deserve respect and trust rather than suspicion.

What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is known as an acceleration-deceleration injury because of the way it occurs. When a person is involved in a car accident, for example, it is common for the body to move forward at a high rate of speed then recoil backwards as the forces change. This can lead to extensive soft-tissue damage in the neck and back. These types of injures are collectively known as “whiplash.”

Can Whiplash Be Proven?

Unlike a broken bone, whiplash does not show up on x-rays in many cases because it is a soft-tissue injury. These types of injuries are notoriously difficult to treat because so much of the diagnosis depends on the victim’s self-reporting of pain and symptoms. Doctors can be confused about the level of damage and may not be able to definitively state exactly where the victim is injured. Although diagnosis of whiplash has improved in the past decade, it still remains difficult to identify and treat, giving rise to the popular idea that whiplash is a “phantom” injury.

It may be difficult to “prove” whiplash, but that does not mean that doctors cannot testify as to a victim’s pain and suffering. Because the medical profession now has a better understanding of what causes whiplash, doctors and other healthcare professionals are better able to explain to the average person what course these injuries are likely to take and the terrible toll that they can have on a person’s life.

You always have the option of handling a personal injury case without the assistance of an attorney. However, this may not be the best decision, especially in cases where it may be difficult to quantify your injury and explain it to someone else. Personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles have the experience in dealing with whiplash cases to know the strategies that work in these situations. They have a much better grasp, in most cases, of how to deal with insurance company representative, juries, and others who may decide how much you recover for your whiplash injuries.

You may need someone on your side when it comes to pursuing a Los Angeles car accident case, especially if others do not really believe you are injured. It can be psychologically debilitating to have people tell you that you are not “really hurt” and that you should drop a lawsuit to recover damages. A personal injury lawyer can give you the support and assistance you need to find the courage to fight this attitude and collect the damages that are owed to you for your pain, suffering, and physical disability.

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