One of the most common types of injuries resulting from car accidents is
whiplash. Like the name implies, whiplash involves the head whipping about upon
impact, stretching beyond its normal range of motion, straining the muscles
and ligaments. Overstretching in this area can result in pain ranging
from moderate to severe. Sometimes, pain from whiplash doesn’t surface
for a day or two after the accident.
In addition to pain, some whiplash victims experience headaches, dizziness,
and ringing ears. When accident victims speak with the insurance company
about their injuries, in many cases, the insurance company will attempt
to minimize the injury, saying something to the effect of “It’s
only whiplash.” Some insurance adjusters have been trained to rename
whiplash as “minimal impact soft tissue” injury, making it
seem less severe than it actually is.
Calling whiplash a minimal impact soft tissue injury is an oversimplification
and just plain incorrect. Whiplash can be very serious, and can differ
in severity depending on the vehicle’s platform or chassis. When
chassis are softer, they can absorb a greater impact before transferring
that force to the occupants of the vehicle. If you are in the market for
a new car, keep in mind how much metal the car has around it to absorb
the shock of an impact.
If you or someone you love suffered whiplash in a car accident, contact
Florida Accident Lawyer Wes Pittman. The Pittman Firm, P.A. represents
car crash victims throughout Florida’s panhandle and beyond. Get
in touch with the firm for a