Whiplash After a Bike Accident is Likely to Happen.
One challenging injury you may experience after your bike crash is whiplash or soft tissue injuries in the neck and shoulders. Neck and shoulder pain and soreness are common as many cyclists use their hands and arms to try to protect themselves.
While the Mayo Clinic states that most whiplash injuries are a result or rear-end collisions in automobiles– they can still happen in a bike accident. You may be thankful to walk away from the scene of the crash with just a minor injury, however, whiplash can mask larger more detrimental injuries. Fortunately, an experienced bicycle accident attorney could help you seek compensation for damages.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
After your crash, you’ll begin to notice the symptoms of whiplash within 24 hours. You may notice the following whiplash symptoms according to Web MD:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of mobility
- Pain in neck and shoulders
- Memory problems
- Tenderness in shoulders and upper back
These are some of the more serious side effects of whiplash after a bike accident. While most people will heal with time, over the counter pain relievers and light stretching-other do not. Often the reason a full recovery is not achieved is that the whiplash is actually covering a more serious injury like a concussion/TBI or spinal injuries.
To diagnose if you are in fact suffering from whiplash your doctor will start with checking easily you can move your neck and shoulders. After checking your neck and shoulders they will test the range of motion in your neck, shoulders, arms, and back. This will help them diagnose how much of your soft tissue has been impacted by the bracing for the crash.
If there are signs of more severe injury they may order an MRI, CT, or x-ray testing. Sometimes testing will reveal muscle tears, damaged nerves, or signs of a traumatic brain injury.
Whiplash Injury Lawsuits Because of a Bike Crash
While it may take weeks or months to heal completely from whiplash, you may find yourself with medical bills and lost wages. A common tactic of insurance companies is a delay, deny or defend the reasons why they should not pay for your medical bills. If you have whiplash after a bike accident that wasn’t your fault- the guilty party should do the decent thing and pay the cost or your injuries.
Sometimes injuries that start as whiplash actually masked a much more debilitating injury like a slipped disk, concussion, or bone fracture. If you are out of work, and may never work again you may not want to settle with the driver’s insurance company right away. Take the time and wait to see if you will have a full, or partial recovery. As long as you stay within the statutes of limitation after the crash, you maintain the right to sue the driver at fault.
When you are patient and fully understand your recovery potential, you will know that you may need more money to recover than you thought. You want to think about what you may need to live close to the quality of life you had before the injury. This could mean future surgeries, medical supplies, transportation, pain management, and the cost of medicine.
If you want to pay your medical bills today, and tomorrow- it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer. Drew Palcsik has experience fighting for clients and knows the insurance company’s tricks.