Whiplash Injury Lawyer in Phoenix
What You Need To Know About Whiplash Injuries
Have you suffered whiplash after a car accident that was caused by another party? If so, it is in your best interests to contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C. today and get started on your Phoenix car accident claim. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your crash, gather evidence that supports your claim, and either negotiate a full and fair settlement or fight in court to get you compensation. Don't hesitate to call us now at (480) 588-8508.
What Is Whiplash?
The sudden movement of the head, backwards, forwards or sideways, is referred to as whiplash, and can cause a range of neck and spinal injuries. It is more accurately called cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma or syndrome, which describes the rapid movements that can injure the vertebrae of the neck and the muscles and ligaments that support them. As the muscles and other tissues within the neck then stretch toward their physical limits, extreme tension builds and the muscles "snap" (or "whip") with a violent spasm in the opposite direction. During this violent process, the soft discs between the spinal bones can stretch or tear, and vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and become irritated.
The Effects of Whiplash
Whiplash can result in injury to the muscles, ligaments, nerves (soft tissues) and the joints within the neck, which will generally cause headaches, dizziness, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems.
Inasmuch as bruising of the brain can also sometimes occur in car accidents and similarly severe causes of whiplash, some victims have experienced blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and numbness.
Impact Energy and the Neck
Human beings - products of nature - were not created nor designed to absorb certain types of impact, most noticeably that caused by automobile collisions. The reason for this is physiological. The human head weighs roughly 10 - 15 pounds, and rests upon the most flexible and least reinforced part of the spine: the neck. Your neck contains 32 joints (among other muscle and ligaments) and is easily stretched and injured if too much force is applied in any direction. When the joints of the neck are stretched or strained beyond their normal limitations, they can lose their ability to return to their original length, much like a pair of old socks with a elastic that stretches to the point where it no longer can return to its original state.
Automobiles, on the other hand, are heavy, solid objects weighing roughly two tons. These structures are designed to absorb impact and minimize energy transfer, however the amount of force exerted when one automobile is struck by another is equal to thousands of pounds – much of which is exerted upon the neck and spine of the passengers. The neck cannot support or control the weight of the head under such circumstances, and the head is forcefully thrust in the direction of the vehicle causing the impact.
Phoenix Whiplash Injury Attorneys Providing Quality Legal Representation
With assistance from the Phoenix injury lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., you may get compensation for medical bills, lost wages during recovery, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact the Phoenix whiplash injury attorneys at The Husband & Wife Law Team today at (602) 267-1280 to discuss your case with one of our attentive legal staff in a free consultation.