Damages Recoverable for Whiplash from a Car Accident

Whiplash from a car accident is very common, especially in rear-end crashes. While most people recover from whiplash in eight to 12 weeks, the pain is often severe and debilitating during this time.

Like other car accident injuries, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses from the at-fault driver. With a whiplash injury, it is especially important that you account for both short-term and long-term injuries when filing a claim or accepting a settlement offer.

For help recovering damages from whiplash, give the car accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC a call: 215-486-8196.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when a crash whips the head forward and back rapidly, pushing the neck beyond its normal range of motion. This commonly happens when a seatbelt holds the body still, but the impact throws the head forward then back in a car accident. This violent motion causes injuries to the soft tissues in and around the spine.

What are the effects of whiplash on a car accident victim?

You may feel the effects of whiplash within hours of a crash or they may not appear for days. This is why it is so important to go to the doctor after a car accident, even if you feel fine.

Common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Limited range of motion
  • Shoulder and arm pain

The vast majority of people who suffer whiplash injuries recover in two to three months, with proper treatment; however, some victims must contend with long-term or lifetime pain. Regardless of how long the pain lasts, it can keep victims from going to work, enjoying daily activities, or even just sleeping.

What treatments are common?

Treatment typically includes:

  • Pain medication
  • Prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Antidepressants

Some people also require physical therapy to achieve a full recovery. Very rare cases require surgery, which can cost thousands of dollars.

How can an accident victim prove whiplash damages?

The best way to ensure you account for both short- and long-term damages when filing an insurance claim for your whiplash injury is to enlist the help of a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer. Cordisco & Saile LLC helps crash victims identify all damages and prove liability.

Having legal counsel is especially important in whiplash cases, because it is often difficult to get full damages for soft tissue injuries. In order to do so, you and your attorney will need to collect evidence to prove damages.

First, you need to seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear, because this is key in tying the injury to the accident. In addition, you may need to also provide:

  • Copies of your medical records
  • Medical bills
  • Receipts from drug expenses
  • Proof of missed work
  • An estimation of future work absences
  • Expert testimony showing ongoing issues
  • A journal indicating missed activities, or other proof of limited activity


If you suffered a whiplash injury in a Pennsylvania auto crash, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at 215-486-8196 to schedule a free case evaluation.