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Whiplash &TBI

Whiplash – it’s a term that’s thrown around in television and film, evoking the image of a neck brace, and the wearer’s apparent fraud. In fact, whiplash is one of the most common and potentially life-altering injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck moves abruptly from side to side or forwards and backwards due to a sudden force, such as during a collision. Because of the speed and suddenness of a motor vehicle collision, passengers involved in an accident are unable to control the movement or motion of their heads, resulting in the soft tissues of the neck over-extending beyond their usual limits.

This extreme stretching, tearing and straining of the neck muscles, spine, and ligaments during a motor vehicle accident can cause painful, long-lasting damage to the injured, and may not even manifest immediately. The injured may develop a myriad of symptoms, including neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches, muscle stiffness, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating, which can last anywhere from weeks to years of life-long suffering.

Along with whiplash, a Traumatic Brain Injury (or TBI) is an unconscionably common injury, caused by a blow to the head as a result of a motor vehicle accident (such as your head hitting the windshield, steering wheel, dashboard, the roof of your car hitting your head, or being thrown from your car.

Akin to whiplash, the symptoms of a TBI may not manifest immediately following the injury. A concussion is considered to be the mildest of traumatic brain injuries, and can cause symptoms such as neck pain, headache, dizziness and nausea. A more severe traumatic brain injury can cause severe headache, vomiting, seizure, and coma. Other examples of traumatic brain injury include bruising of the brain and brain bleeds. A traumatic brain injury can have a devastating impact on the life of the injured and their families.

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and suspect whiplash or TBI, it is very important to seek immediate medical assistance. Your doctor may examine your neck for pain, tenderness, swelling, spasms and range of motion. X-rays, MRIs, CTs, or other scans may be ordered to check for other types of damage.

As part of the assessment for whiplash, your physician may use a scale of zero to four to grade your level of whiplash, with level zero meaning no pain and no sign of injury, and level four meaning pain and evidence of fracture. The severity of your symptoms can affect your daily living, leaving you unable to work, function, and carry out your daily activities. Strategies to alleviate your symptoms include physiotherapy, chiropractic care, bracing, TENS, acupuncture, massage, and pain management medications. However, continuing these treatments can be very costly, and the general limit in Ontario insurance claims is $3500 for “soft tissue injuries”.

The level of severity of a traumatic brain injury dictates the amount of compensation you may be eligible, ranging from a maximum of $3500 for a minor TBI, to upwards of $1 million for a catastrophic TBI.

In order to make a claim for whiplash or a traumatic brain injury as a personal injury in a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer so that the relevant details of the collision (such as the speed of the vehicle, the force which you were hit at, the direction you were hit from, whether an airbag deployed as a result of the accident), as well as your medical symptoms, are properly documented.

At Howard Yegendorf & Associates we have been serving Ontario for over 20 years, focusing on the Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto areas. With over 50 years of combined personal injury lawyer experience, we will guide and represent you during any serious personal injury case.

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15:46 17 May 17
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16:42 14 Mar 17
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15:41 21 Apr 17
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14:22 16 Feb 17
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Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop
02:09 04 Mar 19
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
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rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
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13:50 23 Nov 19
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