Getting into a car accident is one of the scariest and most unsettling experiences you may have. It can also be infuriating if your accident was the result of another driver's carelessness behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, sometimes, another motorist's negligence in Virginia may cause you to suffer serious car accident injuries, such as whiplash. Here is a glimpse at what whiplash is and what your rights are if you suffer this type of injury in an accident that was another driver's fault.
What is a whiplash injury?
Whiplash is an injury that affects your neck area, specifically your vertebrae, ligaments and muscles. You can suffer this type of injury even if your accident did not occur at a high speed.
Whiplash often occurs in people who were in a rear-end accident, as these types of accidents can cause your head to jerk back and forth. Other terms used to describe this injury of the soft tissue include a cervical sprain, a hyperextension injury and a cervical strain.
What symptoms may result from a whiplash injury?
A variety of symptoms may result from a whiplash injury, either directly after your accident or a few days later. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:
- Trouble concentrating and remembering information
- Problems with maintaining your equilibrium and balance
- Pain in your back
- Headaches and dizziness
- An aching and dull pain in your neck, or neck stiffness and tightness
If you are experiencing any of these problems, it is a good idea to visit your doctor for an examination. You will likely end up going to a neck and back expert, neurologist or chiropractor for treatment, which may include the use of a neck brace or muscle relaxants, depending on the nature of your injuries.
Your rights following an accident leading to a whiplash injury
If a fellow driver's negligence caused you to suffer whiplash -- for example, the other party was texting while driving -- you have the right to seek compensation for your accident injuries.
If you are successful in your claim, you might receive a damage award that may help you to cover your medical expenses and other losses associated with your injuries. For instance, the award may help you to cover the wages you lost due to having to miss work for doctor's appointments or to recover from your injuries. Your compensation may also help you to address emotional distress resulting from the serious car accident.