Whiplash Injury Attorney in St. Louis, MO
Representation for Missouri and Illinois clients with serious whiplash & soft tissue injuries
Whiplash is a much more serious injury than many people (and insurance companies) believe, and the effects can reach far beyond just some muscle soreness. If you do not have adequate coverage to pay for medical treatment, the long-term impact of someone else’s negligent mistake can be felt for years down the line.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident that was not your fault, a St. Louis personal injury attorney at The Hayden Law Firm can take on the negligent driver and their insurance company on your behalf. We understand that whiplash injuries can take a long time from which to heal, and leave a victim with chronic, long-lasting pain. We seek compensation for your injuries while you take the time to recover. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What is whiplash?
Most commonly associated with rear-end car crashes, whiplash is a soft-tissue injury to the neck caused by a forceful and rapid back-and-forth movement (like the cracking of a whip). Whiplash is also sometimes called a neck strain or neck sprain, and can also occur in slip and fall accidents and other types of physical trauma. Some facts and statistics about whiplash include:
- Over three million cases of whiplash are diagnosed annually
- More than half of those cases progress to chronic symptoms
- Symptoms of whiplash last over six months for 75% of patients
- About 22% of patients fail to return to “normal condition” between one and two years post-injury
- Over 50% of whiplash patients suffer chronic pain 20 years after the initial injury
While the severity of whiplash injuries can range, the treatment is often expensive and ongoing. In some cases, pain associated with injuries could persist and develop into a chronic condition even after treatment. The medical costs for these types of injuries can be ongoing and expensive.
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What causes whiplash injuries?
Although whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents, you can suffer whiplash from nearly any type of sudden physical trauma, including:
- ATV accidents
- Bad weather accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Brake failures
- Bus accidents
- Construction zone accidents
- Defective roadways
- Fatigued driving accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Self-driving accidents
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Many people walk away from a car crash feeling thankful they don’t have serious injuries. However, some injuries – whiplash especially – can take days or even weeks to symptomize. After an accident, be aware of the following symptoms, as reported by the Mayo Clinic:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
Some people also have:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
Most commonly, you may feel gradually increasing pain near the base of the skull or radiating down the posterior part of the neck, shoulders, and arms. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may have suffered a whiplash injury and the first thing you should do is seek a health evaluation from a medical professional. Next, consult with an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney at The Hayden Law Firm to find out what to do next.
How are whiplash injuries diagnosed and treated?
Whiplash injuries are not visible on imaging tests, but your doctor may order them to rule out other conditions that could be making your whiplash worse, like fractures, dislocations, or arthritis. These tests can include X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.
Once a doctor diagnoses whiplash, the goal of treatment is to control and reduce pain, restore range of motion, and get back to your normal activities. The Mayo Clinic notes this can include treatment plans like rest, OTC medications, prescription medications, muscle relaxers, and in some cases, muscle injections. Physical therapy and exercises are also effective.
How much is my whiplash injury claim worth?
Although every case and every injury is different, working with The Hayden Law Firm can give you the strategic edge you need to secure fair and just compensation for your claim. We hold the right people accountable for your damages and losses, including:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental or emotional distress
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
Under Missouri’s statute of limitations, you need to file your whiplash injury claim within five years of the date of the accident, so do not delay contacting an experienced attorney today.
How can a St. Louis whiplash injury attorney help me?
It sometimes seems like there is a stigma against whiplash injuries and their severity. This could be in part due to insurance companies claiming that these types of injuries are not as serious as other injuries, therefore, they offer lower settlements. At The Hayden Law Firm, we know that your injury is real and the pain you are feeling is legitimate. It can be difficult to face large insurance companies that aggressively fight against paying what is owed. Our St. Louis personal injury firm was built on the belief that you shouldn’t have to face these companies alone.
One important thing to keep in mind about whiplash injuries is that your symptoms may get worse over time. Often, injury victims rush into an insurance settlement, not realizing they will lose the right to compensation to future pain and suffering.
This is where The Hayden Law Firm comes in, providing strategic and relevant legal representation as well as compelling litigation tactics when negotiating with a negligent party’s insurance company.
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St. Louis whiplash injury attorney with experience
Whiplash injuries come on suddenly and can cause weeks, months, or even years of chronic pain. At The Hayden Law Firm, we will not let insurance companies minimize your pain and suffering. We help secure compensation for your losses, and we do not back down. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.