After sustaining whiplash injuries, it’s common for people to suffer from chronic neck pain if untreated. At Vanguard Spine & Sport, we can detect certain factors in a patient’s history and exam to better determine whether a patient may be more susceptible to chronic pain from a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is a term that describes injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a motor vehicle or car accident. The most common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most typically, the occupant in the vehicle that gets “rear-ended” (hit from behind) is at the greatest risk of injury, including whiplash.
The appropriate treatment for whiplash is unique to each whiplash injury and individual. We generally gear treatment toward the primary dysfunctions detected during the exam and history, which includes the mechanisms of injury and ordering of imaging (X-ray, MRI) if clinically warranted. We commonly utilize different treatments for whiplash, including:
In the glove compartment of your car, keep a copy of: your insurance card, driver registration, emergency contact numbers, and a list of drug allergies and medical conditions for you and your family members.
You should carry an car emergency kit that includes a flashlight, extra batteries, light sticks, roadside hazard markers, wipes, water, non-perishable snacks, a small first aid kit, jumper cables, an umbrella, and gloves in case you need to change a flat tire.
You have an obligation to render reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the accident, including calling for an ambulance or making arrangements for the transportation of the injured person to a hospital if necessary.
Regardless of whether there have been injuries or serious vehicle damage, you should report the accident to the police. You should contact the police even if the other driver admits fault and says he or she will pay for everything.
If it is safe to leave your cars where they are, you should do so in order to let police officers get a clear picture of what occurred. However, if your car is creating a hazard and is drivable, pull it to the side of the road.
All drivers involved in an accident should provide his/her name, address, driver’s license and registration numbers to the other driver(s) involved. If the name on the insurance card and that on the driver’s license don’t match, clarify before leaving the scene.
Get the contact information of witnesses who saw the accident before they leave the scene. Having witnesses to support your description of what happened and back up your version of events will help you build a stronger case for compensation.
Snap photos showing the position of the vehicles, damage to the vehicles, the license plates on the cars, any debris or skid marks on the pavement, and any injuries sustained by you and other occupants of your vehicle.
You should contact your auto insurance provider within 24 hours, even if it wasn’t your fault because you may need to make an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim. Your agent will instruct you where to take your car and what to do next.
You should always have an examination after a car accident, even if you don’t feel you’ve been hurt. You may have received an injury that doesn’t have immediate symptoms. A medical record detailing your injuries will provide important documentation in case you wish to recover compensation.
Ask the police officer who investigates the accident how to get a copy of the accident report, and when it will be available. Also, get the name and badge number of the officer who handled the accident in case you need it in the future.
It is important to have an experienced accident attorney review the specifics of your accident if you or your vehicle were injured by another driver