During your regular commute to work, and driving along the same route you usually take, you suddenly feel a hit from behind. You hear the noise and your seat belt tightened up upon impact. You pull off to the side of the road. All you can think about is how you’re going to be late for work. The driver of the car that rear ended you also pulls over. Rather than call the police, you exchange insurance and vehicle information. The damage to your vehicle isn’t all that bad and the driver of the car that hit you from behind swears he’ll pay for the fix of the seemingly minor damage to your car. Now you’re late to work and the project deadlines you’re facing for the day are not disappearing because of this fender-bender. You drive away and head to work.
You make it through the day, but when you wake up the next morning your neck and back are aching so much you don’t even want to get out of bed. You weren’t bleeding after the accident and you even drove away after the crash, so what gives?
Whiplash May Not Onset Until the Day After the Crash
When you were rear-ended, it caused your body to jerk forward and backward in a violent manner which is known as whiplash. That neck and back pain you’re now experiencing may be more serious than you originally had thought.
- Neck and Shoulder Pain: this is sometimes experienced by operators of vehicles that get hit from behind and may be indicative of a herniated or bulging disc, or even a pinched nerve. You will want to get to a doctor or physical therapist who can assess your injuries. You may be referred to get a CAT scan to obtain images of your neck and back.
- Tingling and Numbness: this may be indicative of a herniated disc or pinched nerve. Again, you’ll want to get checked out by a doctor.
- Headaches: While headaches following a car accident are not uncommon, and can often be treated with over the counter medications such as Advil, you’ll want to monitor your symptoms. Headaches that don’t go away may be the sign of a concussion or even a brain injury or blood clot. Get evaluated by a doctor if your headaches persist.
- Pain and Suffering: You may have different changes in mood following a car accident in Manhattan. You may feel anxious or depressed and fear getting behind the wheel again, which may be indicative of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. Rather than driving after the accident, you may think about taking public transportation, a cab, Uber or Lyft instead.
Resolving Your Claim Following a Whiplash Injury
You may be wondering how long it will take to resolve your case after you suffered whiplash in a Manhattan rear-end collision. Well the truth is, it depends. Insurance companies often tend to minimize what are often times referred to as “soft tissue” injuries and may give a “low-ball” offer prior to the commencement of a lawsuit. Other times, your Manhattan personal injury lawyer may be able to negotiate a fair settlement without the need to file in Court. And some cases drag on for years – that’s just the way it is, unfortunately.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Manhattan and suffered whiplash or other injuries, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. at 212-240-9465.