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Personal Injury: Understanding Whiplash

Personal Injury - Whiplash

Personal Injury: Whiplash
Seek medical attention right away and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer, like Tim Louis,
who has the background, compassion, and skill to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

 

Personal Injuries: Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is a relatively common personal injury caused by a sudden and forced rapid
back-and-forth motion of the head. Most people associate whiplash with a vehicle crash,
however, a personal injury like whiplash can also happen at any time, such as at the workplace, in sports, or from any type of fall or physical trauma. All forms of neck injuries can cause an intense flexing and extension of the neck — and usually involve the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons.

How Do You Know if You Have Whiplash?

Your doctor will conduct a physical exam, observing your range of motion, and may order an
X-ray, MRI, or CT scan if they suspect you have whiplash or any other injury that has caused
damage to your spinal cord or if you have any other broken bones. In many cases, the injury
occurs within structures too microscopic to be visible on these tests, resulting in relying on
symptoms to tell if a patient has whiplash.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Many people assume that one must be hit hard from the front or behind to experience whiplash,
but in reality, it only takes roughly 5-10 mph speeds to get a jolt hard enough to give you a
serious whiplash injury. Thankfully, whiplash is not life-threatening, but for some several
symptoms can appear days, months, or even years later — leading to a substantially lowered
quality of life for those who suffer from a severe form of whiplash. Common symptoms may
include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Vision issues
  • Muscle spasms
  • Head and neck pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Tinnitus
  • Issues with concentration

If you have been involved in an accident, ensure that you seek medical attention right away.
Even if you do not experience any of the above symptoms, it can take 48 hours or longer for
whiplash symptoms to present themselves after an injury. In more severe and chronic cases of
“whiplash associated disorder” symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Frustration and anger
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Possible drudge dependency
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
  • Insomnia

How Long Will Your Neck Hurt After An Accident?

Most people recover from whiplash within a couple of weeks up to a few months. However,
there is no specific timeline with regards to how long symptoms will last after a whiplash or any
other personal injury. Everyone is unique, and healing times can depend on the severity of the
injury, and whether scar tissue has formed — leading to other chronic issues such as disc
herniation and lifelong pain.

While some people may never experience symptoms after an injury, others may live with excruciating pain for weeks, months, or even years. Any severe neck injury requires ongoing medical attention and care, which can get expensive and should be taken into consideration related to your injury claim.

How is Whiplash Treated?

Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers and or anti-inflammatories to manage pain and
inflammation. Ice is often recommended for the first 24 hours after injury, and later, applying
heat may help loosen up tightened muscles and knots. For more serious whiplash injuries,
physical therapy may be recommended to help regain strength and range of motion. Studies
have shown that stretching and rotating the neck muscles is a more effective form of therapy.
Medical professionals now recommend this form of controlled movement as opposed to
immobilizing the neck in a soft cervical collar, which was the recommended option in the past.

How Can Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis Help With Your Whiplash Personal Injury?

Patients with minor symptoms may find that whiplash pain goes away within days or weeks.
However, those with more severe symptoms may require medical attention and extensive
therapy for pain relief and recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering from whiplash, your injury
may be more serious than you expected. Seek medical attention right away and contact an
experienced personal injury lawyer, like Tim Louis, who has the background, compassion, and skill to help you
receive the compensation you deserve. Delaying your personal injury case may be detrimental
to your future.

Contact our team today by calling 604-732-7678 or email Tim Louis at timlouis@timlouislaw.com for a no-obligation, free consultation. We’re on your side.

Repetitive Strain Injuries: What You Need to Know

When we think about workplace injuries, we often think about slip-and-fall accidents, injuries resulting from falling objects or the various back and neck strains that come with the territory within many workplaces. However, some work-related accidents are often far less dramatic.

A number of injuries occur over time, through constant repetition of daily tasks, which negatively impact the body causing strain to sensitive joints and muscle groups. These repetitive strain injuries, or RSI, can have a long-lasting effect on our health and daily life.

Injuries Resulting From Repetitive Motion

A Repetitive Strain Injury, whether it is temporary or permanent, will need rest or a change in daily habit that provides time to heal. It is crucial to see a medical professional right away to prevent any further damage to the muscles, ligaments, nerves or tendons through continuous, repetitive motion.

Most Common Repetitive Strain Injuries

typingRepetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) can result from a buildup of damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves from repetitive motion or strain on specific parts of the body. Repetitive Strain Injuries are quite common and may be caused by a variety of common work activities, including:

  • Using a computer mouse or trackpad
  • Excessive typing (data entry)
  • Swiping items at a supermarket checkout/cash register use
  • Grasping and manipulating tools
  • Working in an assembly line environment
  • Training for sports or other athletic activities

Some commonly diagnosed Repetitive Strain Injuries are:

  • Tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon)
  • Pertendonitis (inflammation of the sheath of a tendon)
  • Trigger finger (difficulty bending or straightening any of the fingers which is caused by inflammation and thickening of the tendon)
  • Tenosynovitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath that surrounds a tendon causing joint pain and stiffness)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (numbness, tingling and pain in the hand or arm resulting from compression of the median nerve which is squeezed as it travels through the wrist
  • Epicondylitis (inflammation of tendons surrounding an epicondyle)
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa sac which is common around the elbow, hips, knees and shoulder)

Repetitive Strain Injuries

What Are the Symptoms?

There are many possible causes of repetitive strain injuries and a wide range of symptoms that result. Tenderness or pain the affected muscle or joints are common, a throbbing or pulsating sensation in the affected area and or tingling in the hands or arms. Any other symptoms will depend on which part of the body is affected.

It’s important that you visit a medical professional for a proper diagnosis as soon as you experience symptoms to prevent any further damage over time.

Repetitive Strain Injury Prevention

The primary ways in which you can reduce the risk is to stop or limit the intensity of the activity. If the activity cannot be stopped, tips for reducing the risk may include:

Taking breaks: Taking regular breaks from any repetitive task may help reduce the strain on your body.

Stand up: Standing up, stretching and frequently moving your limbs may reduce the risk. Stretch your back, arms, fingers and legs regularly.

Vision break: Rest your eye muscles by looking up and staring for a moment at objects in the distance or simply looking around the room. The key is to give your eyes a regular break from screen time.

exerciseOverall health: Eat healthy and get regular exercise to keep your body as resilient as possible, and try to avoid smoking, as this reduces blood flow and oxygen in the body.

Posture: Try to keep yourself from slouching. Ensure your desk, chair and computer screen are aligned as much as you can in an ergonomic setting.

Wrists: Avoid bending or overextending your wrists, and keep the arms, wrists and fingers aligned when typing as much as possible.

Typing: Try to touch type as much as possible and avoid hitting your keys too hard.

Keyboard Shortcuts: Try to use keyboard shortcuts whenever possible, as this can reduce the amount of typing needed.

Mouse or Track-pad: Do not grip too tight or press too hard, and try to slow your speed in order to reduce muscle tension in your hand and wrist.

Temperature: Keep an eye on the temperature of your work area and regulate where necessary.

Phone Use: If you need to use a phone while working, try wearing a headset as this will keep you from needed to grip the phone for long periods or needing to clamp the phone between your head and shoulder.

You can trust Tim Louis & Company to ensure the best possible outcome for your personal injury case

These common RSI injuries can have a lasting impact on one’s health and quality of life. If you or a loved one has experienced a serious injury while on the job, contact Tim Louis and his compassionate and experienced legal team today by calling 604-732-7678 or email timlouis@timlouislaw.com.

Sources:
https://www.enjuris.com/workplace-injury/repetitive-strain-injuries-work.html

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17424-repetitive-stress-injury

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/overuse-injury/art-20045875

A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Tips for Mediation!

personal injury law mediationMost clients who come to my Vancouver Personal Injury law practice have heard of mediation. However, in order to take full advantage of mediation, a number of key points must be understood by you, the client, before the mediation takes place.

  1. How I select the mediator – Each personal injury case is unique – the complexity, the adjuster’s personality and how you, the client, present, are all factors that I consider before coming up with my shortlist of preferred mediators. I then post my shortlist on the Trial Lawyers Association of BC ListServ to find the best match for your case.
  2. At mediation, I present as though we were at your trial – providing the Court with my opening statement – I want the adjuster to see first hand how “trial-ready” I am. If the adjuster has come to mediation without enough authority to settle the case, I terminate the mediation. Because I presented as “trial-ready”, more often than not, when the adjuster returns to his/her office, the insurance company increases the offer. Adjusters that witness firsthand just how effective I am going to be at trial get the authority they need to settle the file.
  3. I focus my attention on the adjuster – Up untill the mediation, everything the adjuster has learned about your personal injury case has been filtered through the insurance company’s lawyer. Mediation is my golden opportunity to speak directly with the adjuster. Remember it is the adjuster who carries the check book – not the insurance company’s lawyer.
  4. How I handle weaknesses in your case – Every personal injury case has weaknesses. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be in litigation. I quickly get the weaknesses out of the way by admitting them. This shifts the discussion onto the strengths of your case. Too much time spent haggling over points that are going to be lost at the end of the day, anyway, weakens your case. Better to fight on terrain that benefits us.
  5. I don’t reveal your bottom line ever – not even to the mediator – As soon as the other side learns of your bottom line, you can guarantee that your case will settle for less than this amount. Your floor has been turned into a ceiling.
  6. Be prepared to ‘walk’ – Adjusters get great pleasure from drawing a line in the sand. If that line is below your bottom line, I terminate the mediation then and there. It is my experience that once the adjuster gets back to his/her office, a new higher offer is forthcoming.
  7. I do everything I can to get the adjuster to put their cards on the table – Sometimes the adjuster and the insurance company lawyer keep their cards too close to the chest in the presence of you, the client. Simple solution – I ask my client to ‘wait in the hall’. This can work magic. I learn more about the other side’s view of the case than I ever would have learned with you, the client, present. If your case does not settle, I am that much better prepared for trial.

So, those are the thoughts of a Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyer.

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