Whiplash Injuries Affecting Residents of Coquitlam & Langley
What is a Whiplash Injury?
A whiplash injury is a neck strain that occurs when the muscles and ligaments of your neck extend beyond their typical range of motion, and is usually caused by an impact or blow that forces your head to suddenly jerk forward or backward. The pain in your neck, which is often difficult to ignore, will begin immediately after a serious car accident or within a few hours or a days later.
Neck strains are sometimes confused with neck sprains. A neck strain is caused by damage to the muscle or the tendons, which are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. A neck sprain is a tearing of the ligaments, which include the tissues that connect the bones to each other.
Whiplash injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents, especially in rear-end collisions when a person’s neck is quickly forced backward and then forward. Whiplash can also affect intervertebral joints, spinal discs, ligaments and cervical muscles.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you’ve been in a car accident, your whiplash symptoms may include:
- Pain, stiffness in the neck and decreased range of motion (the muscles may feel hard or knotted)
- Pain when moving your head from side to side or backward and then forward
- Tenderness and
- Headaches and dizziness.
You should see your family physician if you suspect that you may have suffered a whiplash injury. If your injury resulted from the actions or negligence of another party—for example, another driver or pedestrian—you should speak to a whiplash injury lawyer serving Langley, Coquitlam and the surrounding Lower Mainland to discuss your case.
Diagnosis and Treatment
To diagnose a whiplash injury, your doctor will conduct a thorough examination. If your symptoms persist or continue to worsen after 6-8 weeks, you may need further diagnostic testing and X-rays (e.g., CT or computed tomography scan) to rule out more serious problems.
Compensation for a Whiplash Injury Caused by Negligence
The Insurance Corporation British Columbia (ICBC) categorizes whiplash as a soft tissue injury. ICBC assesses the injury according to the Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) gradient of severity. This grading system ranges from WAD 0 – WAD 4 (with 4 being the most severe).
ICBC relies on internal injury settlement guidelines to limit the amount of damages available with caps based on the severity of the injury. The courts are not limited by these guidelines, as the caps set are only ICBC internal guidelines.
The professional team at Spraggs & Co. understands ICBC’s internal guidelines and what the courts will pay for whiplash injuries. You don’t have to take what ICBC offers you! With the support of the team at Spraggs & Co. injury lawyers you can make decisions about how to proceed in your unique case with confidence.
If you or someone close to you has suffered a whiplash injury as the result of an accident, Spraggs & Co. can help you gain access to fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to speak to a lawyer about your whiplash injury in Coquitlam, Langley or surrounding areas at 604.464.3333 or toll-free at 1.866.939.3339
We provide free, no-obligation consultations to potential clients looking to learn more about their claim and the options available to them.