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A Hazleton Car Accident Lawyer Who Helps Whiplash Victims

Attorney Edward P. McNelis fights for the injured in Hazleton

If you’re experiencing whiplash from a crash that wasn’t your fault, Hazleton car accident lawyer Edward P. McNelis can help with your settlement, to make sure your needs are met and you get the compensation you’re entitled to.

A painful health condition that if left untreated can lead to even more problems, whiplash is a serious injury that demands serious attention. Get the medical treatment you need and the settlement you deserve with help from an experienced Hazleton car accident attorney. Contact us today for your free consultation.

How do I know if I have whiplash from a car accident?

To understand whether or not you have whiplash, it’s important to know exactly what it is. Whiplash is defined as an injury that occurs when the muscles in your neck are strained beyond their normal range of motion due to your head and neck being rapidly jolted back and forth.

Common in rear-end collisions, the force of your head and neck violently whipping forward and backward can cause the tendons and ligaments in your neck to stretch and tear. Whiplash can do damage to the bones in your spine and cause a disc injury in your back, as well. It may also lead to a serious condition called spinal stenosis – a painful injury where your nerve roots and spinal cord become compressed or pinched.

While the commons warning signs and symptoms of whiplash may not appear until 6-12 hours after your car accident, you may experience other delayed symptoms, such as neck stiffness and pain that gets worse in the days following your crash. That’s why even if you were rear-ended at low speeds, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor as soon as you can. Leaving your whiplash injury untreated can increase your risk of suffering from chronic pain and soreness in the area impacted by the crash.

Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • No range of motion in your neck
  • Headaches
  • Soreness or pain in your shoulder, upper back, or arms
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Concentration problems
  • Issues with sleep

Even if you took steps to prevent the injury – such as wearing your seatbelt and making sure your car’s headrest was properly adjusted – you may still sustain whiplash in a car accident and suffer from its symptoms long after your crash. While most people who receive professional medical treatment can heal from whiplash within six weeks, some people end up having chronic neck pain for months, years, or even the rest of their lives. It all depends on the severity of your injury.

What is the average settlement for a car accident with whiplash?

Compensation for a whiplash injury will vary from case to case and depend on the circumstances surrounding your car accident, including the severity of your injury. This is why documenting your symptoms, getting professional medical treatment, and making sure you keep your doctor appointments is so critical when trying to get a settlement. The more serious your injury, the more you’ll be eligible for in compensation.

This is also why letting the Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis fight for you can make a big difference. As an experienced car accident lawyer, Attorney McNelis knows how to maximize the value of your claim to ensure you get the professional medical treatment you deserve without having to pay out of pocket.

Take action with the Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis

Attorney Edward P. McNelis is a knowledgeable and experienced car accident lawyer who has been helping injury victims in Hazleton and Luzerne County since 1982. If you have whiplash from a rear-end collision or another type of crash that wasn’t your fault, strike back with the help of our law firm and get real results.

Best of all – we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay us nothing unless we win. Contact us today for your free consultation and discover what our law firm can do for you.