A cervical sprain is most commonly associated with a whiplash injury. If you have spent any time at all reading the papers that are slightly critical of lawyers, the odds are good that you recognize the term whiplash for the kind of catch all that permits many a lawyer to commandeer huge settlements in favor of clients who claim to have been injured during a car accident. Sadly, no real injury shows up, but since a cervical sprain is almost always hard to find on an x-ray, it goes without saying that proving the client wrong is not something that can be done easily.
Let it be clear that this mode of thinking is a clear understatement of the condition. A cervical sprain is a most serious condition that is painful and hard to treat, even in the best of circumstances. Moreover, whiplash may have been derided as a term that has become a personal injury lawyer’s best friend, but it is nonetheless a very real cause of injuries in general, and cervical sprain injuries in particular. At the root of a cervical sprain is a sudden, unanticipated jerky movement that is entirely in keeping with the whiplash injury sustained during an automobile accident.
This jarring sensation leads to the pain that may take an hour and even longer to manifest. In simplest terms, the whiplash injury that causes the cervical sprain is due to several overstretched muscles and ligaments. As the full extent of the pain becomes known, it also becomes apparent that affected muscles have an impact on one another and also on the ligaments in question. The healing period will require medical care, support of the ligaments that have been stretched or torn, and also physical as well as occupational therapy.
Such expenses are sometimes not covered by insurance, especially if there is a job loss, and it is therefore only logical that victims of a car accident induced whiplash injury will enlist the help of legal representation to have their bills paid, keep their homes, and also provide for their families while they are actually unable to do so by virtue of holding down a job. Are there some clients who might fake the injuries? Possibly yes; nonetheless, this takes nothing away from the legions of very real sufferers who recuperate slowly from cervical sprain or other whiplash induced injury. A good rule of thumb is to view every case on its own merits.