We Are Experienced Auto Accident Whiplash Injury Lawyers
A whiplash injury is one of the most common injuries suffered in a car accident in Oregon with over a million people suffering an car accident whiplash injury throughout the U.S. annually. Because whiplash injuries can occur even in a low speed collision, many Oregon whiplash injury victims presume that there injuries are not severe and do not require medical attention. Whiplash commonly occurs in Portland car accidents in which your vehicle is hit from behind or the side or even when you collide into another vehicle. However, a car accident whiplash injury is frequently serious with the symptoms lasting over six months in 75 percent of cases.
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The most serious car accident whiplash injury typically occurs in collisions where a vehicle is struck from behind in a rear-ender. In a typical rear-ender, an car accident whiplash injury is initiated when the impact of the collision causes your head to be jolted backwards. When an Oregon accident victim’s head is whipped backward, the natural reaction of one’s reflexes cause the muscles in the front of the neck to contract to compensate for the backward jolt of the head. The term “whiplash” is based on the motion of the head and neck that is similar to the motion of a whip. Whiplash is also commonly known as cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension / hyperflexion injury of the neck.
This back-and-forth jerking motion which is common when you are in a rear-end collision or other type of car accident can also damage the intervertebral joints, cervical muscles, discs, nerve roots and ligaments. If you suffer any of the following symptoms you should see a doctor to obtain an immediate diagnostic evaluation and medical treatment:
- Difficulty with equilibrium or balance
- Pain in the neck or shoulder
- Stiffness in the neck
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Throat pain or a hoarse throat
- Back pain
- Burning or tingling in the neck, shoulders or back
- Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing
When you seek medical treatment your doctor may use x-rays or a CT scan to determine if there are spinal injuries. This type of diagnostic imaging is important because it may provide critical evidence of serious injuries with symptoms that are not immediately apparent. Our experienced Oregon car accident whiplash injury attorneys may also refer you to a specialist like a neck expert or a neurologist. Auto accident whiplash injuries may seem minor at first, particularly if you lack obvious symptoms, but if left undiagnosed and untreated, whiplash injuries can lead to chronic pain.
If you suffered a car accident whiplash injury, it is very important not to underestimate the seriousness of your injury. Approximately 15 percent of all whiplash victims continue to experience symptoms of whiplash injuries from auto accidents as much as three years after being involved in an auto accident. Because the symptoms of an car accident whiplash injury often persists for months and even years, the medical costs associated with treatment and pain management as well as the loss of income from time off work can have extremely dire financial circumstances for the whiplash injury victim and the victim’s family. The average car accident whiplash victim misses eight weeks of work.
The experienced car accident whiplash injury attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, PC have the expertise and experience to effectively negotiate with insurance companies that are often skeptical and dismissive of whiplash injuries suffered in Oregon auto accidents.
Our Oregon car accident whiplash injury lawyers have over 70 years of collective experience handling serious injury cases. Our knowledgeable and compassionate Oregon whiplash injury attorneys offer a free no obligation initial consultation so call us today at 541-617-0555. No Recovery No Fee!