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We have won six-figure settlements for clients with whiplash in Minnesota.
Whiplash is when the soft tissues of the neck are injured by a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, usually as a result of a car accident. This type of motion strains the muscles and ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. It is sometimes referred to as neck sprain or neck strain.
Whiplash may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Symptoms can include:
- Neck pain that may be present directly after the injury or may be delayed for several days or weeks
- Neck stiffness
- Myofascial injuries (injuries to the muscles and ligaments)
- Abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling (paresthesias)
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Cognitive, somatic, or psychological conditions such as memory loss, concentration impairment, nervousness/irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue, or depression.
Can I Get Compensation for This Neck Injury?
If your case was caused by the impact of an accident with a vehicle, you may have the right to sue for compensation from an at-fault driver, truck or bus company, and others. You should know that in many cases the injuries are more evident weeks or even months after the crash. Our lawyers know this and make sure you are fully compensated for all harm resulting from the accident.
Treatment may include pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and a cervical collar (usually worn for 2 to 3 weeks). Range of motion exercises, physical therapy, and cervical traction may also be prescribed. Supplemental heat application may relieve muscle tension.
Most patients recover within 3 months after the injury, however, some may continue to have residual neck pain and headaches. Due to the uncertain nature of a whiplash injury, a you should contact our lawyers as soon as possible after the accident. The firm’s attorneys know what medical professionals should be seen to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment of the injury.
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