One of the more challenging injuries you may suffer in a motorcycle crash is known as whiplash, or soft tissue injuries in the neck and shoulders. According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is one of the most common injury and if you are one of the thousands of people injured in a motorcycle crash annually, you may have noticed some whiplash symptoms.
In nearly all cases, victims involved in motorcycle crashes will begin showing whiplash symptoms in the 24 hours after a crash. Some may ignore the initial symptoms as stress related to the crash but there are some symptoms that are very distinct including:
While these symptoms are some of the more serious, you could also suffer from an inability to concentrate, have a headache that begins in your lower neck and suffer ringing in your ears. Any symptoms that seem unusual should immediately be checked by a physician.
Doctors will generally take multiple steps to confirm whiplash beginning with an examination of how easily you can move your neck and shoulders. Additionally, the range of motion you have without feeling any discomfort or pain will be reviewed. If there are signs of potential problems, a variety of tests may then be run which could include an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), X-rays or CT (computerized tomograph) which can help them determine what injuries you may have suffered.
Generally, a whiplash injury will heal within a couple of months. However, in the interim, treatment may include pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and use of a cervical collar to minimize the strain on your neck. While most people recover fully, there are some that could suffer life-long headaches and neck pain. If you have suffered a neck injury in a motorcycle crash and have been diagnosed with a whiplash injury, make sure you speak with a skilled injury lawyer. At Schneider & Palcsik Injury lawyers we have worked hard to ensure that victims of all types of motor vehicle collision injuries get the compensation they deserve.
Under New York laws, a personal injury claim must be filed within a limited amount of time of the original date of the crash/ incident you were involved in that caused your injury. New York also has comparative fault rules that will play a role in any final award to the victim. In a comparative fault case, the person who was responsible for the crash may try to prove that the victim was partially at fault. Should they be successful, any final award may be reduced by the percentage of responsibility assigned to the victim
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