At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our Michigan car accident lawyers frequently represent victims injured in a rear-end collision. The most common type of injury resulting from this type of accident is a “cervical strain” or an acceleration-deceleration injury. Many are more familiar with the term “whiplash,” which is also another name for this type of injury.
A cervical strain is an injury to the spinal column and it effects over one million people in the U.S. each year as a result of a car accident. Out of these one million victims, about 25% of them will suffer long-term chronic disorders.
Symptoms of Whiplash
A whiplash essentially occurs when the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained after the body is thrown in a sudden, forceful “jerk.” Car accident victims who suffer from whiplash never fully recover. In fact, according to statistics, 25% to 40% do not. Women who suffer from whiplash are more at risk to suffering long-term disorders due to the fact that they do not have as much muscle mass in the neck as men.
Some of the most common types of symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Memory Loss
- Stiffness in the neck or back
These symptoms typically occur within the first few days after the crash.
How Do Rear-End Accidents Cause Whiplash
Rear end accident is defined as a crash in which an automobile overtakes another car and strikes it from the rear. The force of the vehicle being pushed forward often causes the rear ended victims head to move at a much greater force than it is used to in a very short period of time. Due to this fast movement, energy is transferred to the neck and spinal column and can cause injuries sufficient to a permanently disabled person.
Contact A Michigan Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or someone you know suffers from whiplash or any other type of injury resulting from a rear-end collision, call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan car accident lawyers today. We are experts on the causes of and treatments for neck and spine injuries and have significant experience in representing victims who have been rear-ended by another vehicle.
You do have legal rights and may be able to be compensated for your pain and suffering as well as receive payment for your medical bills. For more information and to learn your rights, call us now at (800) 606-1717. We will discuss your case with you, explain your rights and determine what a fair settlement is for your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which is our guarantee that there are no legal fees or costs to you until we win or settle your claim. Call now for your free, no obligation consultation!