Whiplash Injury Lawyer

A whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident with over a million people suffering a whiplash injury caused by a car accident throughout the U.S. annually. Because whiplash injuries can occur even in a low speed collision, many whiplash injury victims presume that their injuries are not severe and do not require medical attention. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you should see a medical specialist, such as a back and neck expert, chiropractor, orthopedic specialist or neurologist, for treatment.

Whiplash injuries may seem minor at first, but if left undiagnosed and untreated, whiplash injuries can lead to chronic pain. Untreated whiplash injuries can also make you more susceptible to future back and neck injuries. Approximately 15 percent of all whiplash victims continue to experience symptoms of whiplash injuries from auto accidents as much as three years after being involved in an auto accident.

Because the symptoms of a car accident whiplash injury often persists for months and even years, the medical costs associated with treatment and pain management as well as the loss of income from time off work can have extremely dire financial circumstances for the whiplash injury victim and the victim's family. The average car accident whiplash victim misses eight weeks of work.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and/or living expenses and your pain and suffering. The dedicated Alabama whiplash injury lawyers at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, can help you obtain the compensation you need. Contact our Alabama whiplash injury attorneys today for a free initial consultation at (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or fill out our online contact form.

With more than 15 years of experience pursuing personal injury cases, J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, can help you obtain the compensation necessary to assist you with ongoing medical expenses and loss of income. Don't fight the insurance companies on your own. Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you. Call us today at J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY.

Car Crashes and Whiplash
Whiplash is a unique neck injury that happens most often to drivers or passengers during rear-end collision automobile accidents when the force from the impact causes the head to snap violently back and forward. You don't need to be involved in a high speed crash for a whiplash injury to result. Even at low speeds the unexpected impact can cause injury to your vertebrae, muscles and neck.

While whiplash injuries most often result from car accidents, they can occur in any situation where a sudden back and forth "whipping" movement occurs, including slips, falls, and blows to the head from an assault.

Whiplash injuries are not always immediately recognized. If you are involved in an accident, your natural responses and the adrenaline rush may not allow you to relax. But over the course of the next few days, you might experience:
  • Tightness in the neck and/or serious neck pain that is dull and aching
  • Pain in the neck or shoulder
  • Burning or tingling in the neck, shoulders or back
  • Problems with balance and equilibrium
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Memory problems and difficulty concentrating
The PubMed Health site says whiplash victims should call immediately for emergency medical assistance if:
  • Neck pain and stiffness return after clearing up
  • Neck pain is severe
  • Pain spreads to shoulders or arms
  • You experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs
  • You experience bladder or bowel problems.
Whiplash is normally treated with pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). After a few days, the victim should be able to take on light exercise. It should take two or three months to recover from most whiplash injuries, the Mayo Clinic says. But severe whiplash may cause pain that lasts from several months to a couple of years. Some whiplash patients experience neck pain that persists with little or no relief despite prescription pain relievers and/or muscle relaxers, stronger medication such as lidocaine (Xylocaine) injections and physical therapy and/or the use of assistive devices like cervical collars.

Legal Help for Alabama Whiplash Victims
If you have suffered a lasting whiplash injury in a rear-end car accident or any accident that was someone else's fault, you could be entitled to compensation from the responsible party.

We have a legal duty to our fellow citizens to not inflict harm upon them, either intentionally or through negligence. When another person or company harms you or damages something that belongs to you intentionally or because they were negligent, they may be liable under Alabama personal injury law.

Contact an Alabama Whiplash Injury Lawyer Today for Help
If your whiplash injury is the result of a car wreck or another accident that was someone else's fault, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced Alabama whiplash injury attorney as soon as it is practical.

Contact J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, at (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or through our online form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. If our Alabama whiplash injury lawyers can help you, we will proceed on a contingency-fee basis, which means we don't charge for our services until you recover money. Please call as soon as you can to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation for your whiplash injuries.