They typically occur at low speeds, sometimes as low as 12 miles per hour. And even if a car accident in Philadelphia doesn't leave any lasting or noticeable damage on the vehicle itself, it can leave its mark in other ways – like on your personal health.
We're talking about cervical acceleration-deceleration, or CAD, better known simply as "whiplash." Specifically, this type of injury occurs in rear-end auto accidents, when acceleration forces take their toll on the head and one's upper body. And as we already mentioned in the open, even slow accidents can leave a lasting impact on someone's personal health.
As you can see, whiplash is a serious condition. In fact, it's estimated that up to 3 million Americans suffer such injuries each year. Furthermore, about 1.5 million people suffer from chronic pain as a result of these injuries, with about 10 percent of those injured becoming permanently disabled. Children, especially, are at a high risk for suffering such injuries.
And being that whiplash is a serious condition, we strongly believe that it should be taken seriously as well. That's why if you've recently been in a low-speed collision or traffic accident and are experiencing whiplash-like symptoms in the days and weeks following the incident, we invite you to give us a call today for a consultation – especially if your claims are being ignored. Despite what you may have heard, whiplash injuries typically don't heal on their own. And in many circumstances, they don't come about right after the accident, but in the days and weeks following it.
Below, you'll find a list of some common symptoms associated with whiplash:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Lower back pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Dizziness and lack of concentration
- Trouble swallowing
- Facial pain
- Unusual forgetfulness
- A ringing in the ears or sensitivity to noise
So if you believe that you're suffering from whiplash-related symptoms and if your claims are falling on death ears, call us today for a consultation. Whiplash is the leading injury that results from rear-end vehicle collisions that impacts some 3 million people every year. And don't believe any of the popular myths that are out there. Contrary to what many report and what many believe, whiplash injuries do not go away by themselves within six to 12 weeks – they need much more specialized medical care and attention.
Call us today for a consultation. We're ready to listen and see what we can do to help your situation. Remember, a good percentage of everyone who experiences whiplash-like symptoms in their lifetime will go on to have debilitating chronic pain as a long-term result. And about 10 percent will suffer from permanent disability. Don't allow yourself to be another statistic – call our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys today.