Is Whiplash Covered By Workers’ Compensation? (In the USA)

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Whiplash is a common neck injury that often occurs after a serious car accident. Sometimes referred to as whiplash associated disorder (WAD), it is most likely to occur with a rear-end hit to the car that propels your body forward. Since the passengers are restrained by their seatbelts, the impact causes their heads to rapidly move forward while their body is firmly held back in the seat, causing a sudden jolt.

A whiplash accident could lead to torn or strained tendons, ligaments and muscles in the neck and shoulders. It can happen regardless of what type of vehicle you are in, although it is most common with cars.

Apart from car accidents, whiplash is known to occur as a result of working with heavy equipment or load, as well as a result of a fall.

The most important question a worker has is whether their workers’ compensation covers these injuries, and the answer is yes in most cases.

Symptoms and Lasting Effects

A lot of patients do not realize they might have whiplash immediately after an accident as the pain may not be immediately obvious. This happens due to high adrenaline and cortisol levels which render you temporarily immune to pain.

This is also what makes whiplash extremely dangerous!

A patient may not even feel an injury to their muscles, tendons or ligaments immediately following an accident. However, as your adrenaline levels drop the pain becomes more and more obvious, followed by limited motion and swelling. Patients may also experience stiffness, dizziness, blurred vision, sore jaw, ringing in the ears and other unusual sensations.

The symptoms may not become apparent until 12 hours following an accident. If the injuries are not addressed and treated, whiplash could cause severe lasting effects. This is why patients should see a doctor immediately after an accident.

How to Act?

The first thing you should do is let the paramedics examine you at the spot, even if there are no apparent symptoms yet. If they feel you should go through some additional tests at a hospital, don’t delay it. If you sustained a whiplash at work, you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. But the process might be tricky.

First, make sure you are represented by an experienced company like Workers Compensation Attorney Group. Next, look for a doctor you trust and one that the insurance company finds credible. Gather all the data from the exams, like blood tests, admission forms, charts and other notes as the evidence. In case your employer’s insurance company insists you visit their preferred clinic, you have to go through their tests again.

The main obstacle in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits is proving that the accident did, in fact, happen during work hours and as a result of your work. However, with appropriate legal representation, this should not be a major issue. As workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, you are entitled to the benefits even if you were responsible for the accident, as long as it occurred in the line of work. You can read more about it here: http://workerscompensationrights.com/phoenix-personal-injury/

If you are looking for an experienced attorney in Phoenix contact Work Injury Attorney Group at:

125 Great Avenue Suite 900 Phoenix, AZ 85001
602-358-0168

September 25, 2017 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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