Brain Injury & Whiplash Often Overlooked Says Top Trial Lawyer

Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame member Mike Burg urges people to look beyond whiplash jokes and seek treatment.

Mike Burg, a leading consumer protection trial attorney, discusses the stigma surrounding whiplash injuries and how not taking the injury seriously could have debilitating life-long consequences in Brain Injury & Whiplash Often Overlooked, a new video on, a website that helps people with everyday legal issues. The videos on the site have attracted more than 50,000 views.

The cliched cartoon of a guy who was in a fender bender wearing a neck brace and crying whiplash may not be so funny after all. Though whiplash is a colloquialism and a non-medical term, it can be a very serious injury. The same symptoms of whiplash can also be the result of an undetected brain injury.

"Don't let people minimize a whiplash injury", Mike says. "There are movies that joke about it, and people make fun of lawyers on whiplash cases. But the reality is, we have learned that many times in a whiplash case you may have a closed head injury -- and a closed head injury is really a brain injury."

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the sudden, violent back-and-forth movement of the neck. Studies have shown that it most often occurs as a result of a rear-end automobile accident, but whiplash can also result from a sports injury or even a roller coaster ride gone wrong. The most common symptoms of whiplash are constant neck pain, stiffness of the upper back and neck, and headaches. Whiplash is most commonly treated with pain medication and rehabilitation.

But some cases of whiplash can also be accompanied by a brain injury. Mike urges anyone who has experienced a traumatic back or neck injury to seek comprehensive medical treatment, particularly if that injury results in blurred vision, headaches, forgetfulness or confusion.

"MRIs and CAT scans do not always show the brain injury", Mike explains. "You need to look further if you have those symptoms. You will need a neuropsychological exam, as well as a procedure called a SPECT scan, which looks deeper into the brain tissue. Make sure that your whiplash is not actually a brain injury that can end up being a problem for the rest of your life."

Established in 1977 by founding shareholder Mike Burg, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is one of the country's leading plaintiff trial firms. Burg Simpson's fifty-plus award-winning lawyers are passionately committed to protecting the legal rights of injured individuals seriously harmed as a result of the negligence of others. Over the past 40 years, the firm has represented more than 10,000 clients and secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements and judgments on behalf of its clients, including more than 100 individual recoveries in excess of $1 million.

About Mike Burg:

Since being admitted to the practice of law in 1976, Mike Burg has enjoyed a highly successful career that clearly places him at the pinnacle of the legal profession. He is the recipient of numerous legal awards, including the Clarence Darrow Award, the American Association for Justice Heavy Lifting Award, and the Weidemann Wysocki Award.

In 2016, he was named the Denver Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, he was named one of the Top 50 Trial Attorneys in America by the Legal 500 from 2012 through 2015, and he was named Lawyer of the Year in Products Liability by Best Lawyers in America in 2015.

In 2013, Mike was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions Plaintiffs. Additionally, Law Week Colorado named Mike the Lawyer of the Decade from 2000-2010. He is Past President of the National Trial Lawyers (2010).

Mike has been appointed to numerous leadership positions by Federal Judges around the country in a variety of high-profile Multi District Litigations.

Mike was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame in April 2016.

In addition, Mike has authored a new book, Trial by Fire: One Man's Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, which is available at and book sellers everywhere. The book chronicles Mike's life and career, taking the reader on a journey through the highs and lows of being a trial attorney, as well as highlighting some of Mike's most interesting and challenging cases.

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