What Is Late Whiplash Syndrome?

 Posted on January 16,2024 in Auto Accidents

Blog ImageWhiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries that a person can suffer in a crash, and although it is often thought of as a “minor” injury, the truth is that it can be anything but. Research has shown that up to 40 percent of people who sustain a whiplash injury end up dealing with delayed whiplash or late whiplash syndrome. Unfortunately, whiplash injury is also one of the most disputed injuries by insurance companies, who often try to minimize or even deny the injured person’s claim. This is why it is essential to have an Illinois personal injury lawyer advocating for you in any kind of accident claim.

Understanding Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is usually caused by the sudden jerking of the neck, going back and forth, snapping just like the crack of a whip – hence its name. This forceful jerking can damage muscles, nerves, tendons, and even discs in the neck and spinal column. Although many people begin to have symptoms of the injury within 24 hours, there are many cases where the symptoms are delayed for days, weeks, or even months after the accident.

One of the most common symptoms of late whiplash syndrome is chronic neck pain. Many people describe this pain as a dull, aching discomfort that typically radiates from the neck to the shoulders and upper back. The pain is often worse when the individual moves, making simple daily activities or even just turning their heads difficult and painful.

Other symptoms of late whiplash syndrome include:

  • Anxiousness

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Chronic headaches, especially at the temples or base of the skill

  • Depression

  • Difficulties with sleep

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Dizziness and lightheadedness

  • Irritability

  • Issues with vision, including blurred or double vision

  • Memory issues

  • Pain and/or stiffness in the back, neck, or shoulders

  • Reduced range of motion

Financial Compensation for Whiplash Injuries

The financial losses and chronic issues that can result from a whiplash injury are damages that may be recovered in a car accident claim. Because whiplash is one of those injuries that insurance companies often deny or attempt to pay a settlement amount far less than the damages suffered, it is important to seek the legal help of an experienced car accident lawyer. 

Some of the common reasons why the insurance company may attempt to deny your claim include:

  • Dispute over accident liability

  • Lack of medical records/evidence proving the whiplash injury

  • Claiming the symptoms are a result of a pre-existing injury

Contact a Kane County, IL Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a crash, do not try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. Call Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. at 630-907-0909 to speak with one of our skilled Aurora, IL car accident attorneys and find out what legal options you may have for your injuries.

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