Vancouver Whiplash Accident Lawyer
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained by accident victims. Symptoms of whiplash include soreness or stiffness of the neck, headaches, dizziness, shoulder and back pain, difficulty swallowing or chewing, hoarseness of the voice and a burning sensation in the neck. The signs of whiplash may not present themselves immediately. After an accident, you may go home feeling fine, but wake up the next day with a sore neck. Although whiplash may go away on its own, it may also be a sign of a more serious neck injury.
After a car accident or other accident where you may have suffered a neck injury, it is important you receive medical attention as soon as possible. Many of these types of injuries may not be seen without specialized equipment. Additionally, you should not speak with the ICBC until you until you have been examined by your own doctor. Do not settle your claim until you have exhausted every medical option or taken the time to let your injuries heal or stabilize. Settling too soon can result in a decreased damage award when you may have been entitled to more.
Whiplash injuries occur most often in car accidents. The car does not have to be traveling at high speed at the time of impact in order for whiplash to happen, but the ICBC may deny to settle a claim due to minimal damage or low impact speed. It is important to speak with an experienced whiplash attorney in order to ensure your rights are protected when dealing with the ICBC.