People who are in car accidents will often be diagnosed by their doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, or other treatment provider with a “Whiplash Associated Disorder” (or WAD) 1,2, or 3 injury. Keep reading to see what you need to know if you are diagnosed with a WAD injury.
What is the difference between WAD I, II, or III injury?
– A WAD 1 injury is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing pain in a muscle or ligament, but still has normal strength and range of motion.
– A WAD 2 injury is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing pain in a muscle or ligament, along with decreased range of motion and muscle spasms.
– A WAD 3 injury is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing pain in a muscle or ligament, along with neurological symptoms. Neurological symptoms can include numbness and tingling, muscle weakness, and slowed reflexes.
How do I recover from a WAD-type injury?
– To recover from a WAD I, II, or III injury you will need to attend treatments with a medical practitioner, typically a physiotherapist. Many individuals also find relief with chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.
– Some individuals can overcome their WAD injuries in a few months, for others, they may never fully return to their pre-accident state and continue to live with pain.
Do I deserve compensation from the at-fault insurance company if I have a WAD 1, 2, or 3 injury?
– If you are in a car accident and your doctor or physiotherapist diagnoses you with a WAD 1 or 2, the at-fault insurance company may tell you that you have a minor injury and must settle for the “Cap.” This is usually not the case.
– Remember that insurance companies are not usually on your side, but your lawyer is.
Make sure you know all your legal rights before you settle your claim by calling the fiercely compassionate legal team at McGuiness Law for a free consultation.