THE TRUTH ABOUT WHIPLASH

 

  At O’Shea Russell Solicitors we are familiar with all of the misconceptions about Whiplash Injury.  Indeed, those with vested interests such as Insurance Companies who would prefer to disregard the injury entirely.  This injury can often be perceived as exaggerated and as a means of recovering compensation to which a person is not entitled.

In the 30 years in which we have been providing a specialist Whiplash Injury Service as part of our Personal Injury Department Services we have yet to encounter a Claimant who was not genuine, in pain and facing considerable challenges.

In our consideration of Whiplash we far prefer to look to the Advices of the Medical Profession rather than to the unfounded Claims of Insurance Companies.

Yes, at O’Shea Russell Solicitors we go with the Doctors on this one!

Dr. Charles Theofilos MD who was voted one of America’s top Surgeons and who is a Specialist in Neurosurgery and the Founder of The Spine Centre states:-

Despite what people think, whiplash symptoms can be mysterious and evolve over a period of weeks and even months.   Some symptoms may fade even as new ones develop…. We’re used to muscular injuries becoming painful immediately, however, a whiplash injury may take up to 24 hours or more before it becomes painful.   It is not uncommon for some people to be rear-ended by another car and refuse medical attention at the scene but then to wake up the next day with neck pain…. Whiplash associated Disorders may go away quickly or last for months or longer.  If left untreated, whiplash symptoms can increase fatigue, stress levels and feelings of social isolation”.

Dr. Charles Theofilos MD then goes on to address some of the, misconceptions around whiplash.     He specifically references the following examples:-

  • The misconception that, if there is no vehicle damage, there can be no whiplash.
  • The misconception that Whiplash cannot occur at low speeds.   

Dr. Charles Theofilos MD contradicts both of these inaccuracies.

The fact of the matter is that Doctors treat whiplash.   If we were to believe some of the Press, Media and protestations by Insurers, those Doctors are treating a phantom injury.    Regrettably, nothing could be further from the truth.   If you have a whiplash injury a Doctor will start you on a treatment schedule or refer you to Specialists such as Spine Doctors, Chiropractors or Neurologists.   Common whiplash treatments include:-

  • Immobilisation of the neck with a brace or a collar.
  • Medication by way of relaxants, analgesics or anti-inflammatories.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic adjustments.

Both the Medical Profession and Legal Profession know how serious Whiplash can be.

The medical term for a Whiplash is a cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury depending on the specifics.   If you have any of the following symptoms after a collision, workplace accident or slip and fall it is likely to be a whiplash injury:-

  • Tight or stiff neck.
  • Limited range of movement.
  • Dull and aching pain
  • Dizziness, vertigo or loss of fine motor skills.
  • Headaches.
  • Back and shoulder pain.
  • Memory issues and difficulty concentrating.
  • Blurred vision.

The only way to know if you have a Whiplash for sure is to speak to your Doctor.   The best way to ensure that you are compensated appropriately for your injury is to speak to your Solicitor.

CONTACT: Mary O’Shea B.A.,LL.B.

O’Shea Russell Solicitors

Tel:  059 9724106

Email: nicholas@oshearussell.ie

www.oshearussell.ie

 

 

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