Whiplash Bus Accident Injuries
Symptoms of Whiplash After a Bus Accident
Bus accidents can cause an array of different injuries. Since buses do not have any seat belts or airbags available, passengers are highly likely to suffer from severe harm.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in bus accidents include broken bones, cuts, bruises, and whiplash.
Though the U.S. currently lacks data available for minor rear crashes, in 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that approximately 806,000 occupants sustained whiplash injuries in motor vehicle crashes producing modern day economic and quality of life costs over $9 billion yearly.
Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. It is commonly caused by rear-end car accidents. This motion can injure bones in the spine, disks between the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and other tissues of the neck.
A “whiplash injury” describes damage to both the bone structures and soft tissues, while “whiplash associated disorders” describes a more severe and chronic condition.
Recovery from whiplash is typically within a few weeks after following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some patients can have long-lasting complications, including chronic pain and a prolonged period of partial disability.
Symptoms for whiplash usually develop in a few days, and they usually include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
Since the symptoms for whiplash following a bus accident can take up to several days to appear, many victims might not seek medical attention immediately after. It’s common for a victim to go days without experiencing any symptoms.
Whiplash is a relatively common injury that is often ignored or mistreated due to lack of understanding of the condition. Failure to properly treat whiplash can lead to chronic psychosocial symptoms, including anxiety and depression.
There are reportedly significant economic expenses related to whiplash that can reach 30 billion dollars a year in the U.S., including:
- Medical care
- Sick leave
- Lost productivity
It’s of the utmost importance to receive the treatment needed if you’re experiencing whiplash following a bus accident. It is also vital that you get proper compensation for damages so that you don’t end up paying all the expenses resulting from the accident out-of-pocket.
Bus Accident Damages
A bus accident can be caused by various factors, including a bus driver, bus company’s negligence, or poorly administered county regulations. Anytime the negligence by an individual or group of individuals causes a bus accident, they will typically be held liable for the damages incurred. A bus accident victim must file a personal injury claim to recover damages for any injuries sustained in an accident — including whiplash.
Moreover, California is a comparative negligence state, meaning that a plaintiff can recover some damages whether or not they had some level of responsibility in causing the bus accident. Available damages will be reduced depending on that individual’s degree of fault.
Find Out How West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one was involved in a bus accident and suffered from whiplash, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skilled bus accident attorneys that have extensive experience in handling personal injury cases. Our attorneys will help you recover compensation for your losses, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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