Even a minor accident can result in a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is described as a sudden or violent forward and back motion of the head. It is one of the most common car accident-related injuries, and people can experience whiplash even when walking away seemingly unharmed from a minor accident. However, whiplash doesn’t only occur on the road: the force of any vehicle, collision in sports, or blow to the head or body can result in the snapping motion of the neck and stretching of the spine resulting in a whiplash injury.
The effects of whiplash are often not felt until days later.
Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) is the medical term for whiplash, but it is also described as a soft tissue injury. This is because of the pain originating from a stretching or tearing of the anterior longitudinal ligament in the spine. The point of injury occurs in the neck region but the ensuing disability can carry throughout your body to your shoulders, legs and arms and may not fully be realized until well after the initial trauma.
The resulting condition and symptoms are referred to as whiplash associated disorder (WAD), they include: neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches, fatigue, forgetfulness, irritability, fibromyalgia and depression. People suffering from such an injury usually experience anything from mild pain for a few days to severe disability including restricted head and spine movement.
If your accident benefit insurer has deemed you in the Minor Injury Guideline (MIG), you can receive $3500 in medical rehabilitation benefits, even if you have purchased upgraded accident benefits. Unless you are suffering neurological symptoms from your injury, your whiplash injury falls under the Minor Injury Guidelines. This designation is detrimental to a lot of people who are truly suffering from a whiplash injury and need more compensation than what the Minor Injury Guideline provides. If your whiplash injury falls into this category, it is best that you speak with an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer as you may be entitled to an increase in your medical rehabilitation compensation if your injury falls under the WAD grades III or IV. Our experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers can file an application for mediation with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) on your behalf.
Our injury lawyers are here to help you get support and maximum compensation for whiplash injury.
Often times people who are suffering from a whiplash injury think it will simply go away over time and they continue on. In most cases, this causes further damage. Adding to the skepticism, this type of injury can be difficult to diagnose with scans and imaging. Our lawyers work with the best medical professionals experienced in recognizing and reporting on the causes and physical debilitations of whiplash injuries. We’ll also help you work through your Ontario accident benefit insurance claim so you can seek maximum compensation for whiplash injuries and the medical treatment you need.
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