We primarily hear about whiplash in regards to vehicle accidents. This is particularly true for rear-end collisions. That is because whiplash is a neck injury involving a sudden back-and-forth motion. It happens when the victim’s head forced into that movement quickly, like a whip. One of the most difficult things about whiplash is that it can occur even from mild car accidents. It is not unheard of for victims to suffer from a mere fender bender.
Another problem is that it often has no visual signs. Whiplash affects the delicate tissue, joints, and bones in the neck and upper vertebrae. This means that even witnesses to the incident may not notice your injury. This is especially troublesome, because symptoms can develop anytime within 24 hours of the crash. You may feel healthy immediately after the wreck. And even if you end up suffering from symptoms later that day, your actions and words just after the car accident may be used against your claim.
Whiplash is Serious
Whiplash is a serious condition. It is often far more than just a hurt or sore neck. In fact, it can often be harmful enough to cause victims to miss work and even get in the way of their personal lives. Below is a list of possible symptoms of whiplash. If you experience any of these after an auto accident, please visit a doctor immediately.
- Neck pain (made worse by movement)
- Stiffness in the neck
- Decreased range of movement in the neck
- Discomfort or pain in shoulders or upper back
- A numbing tingle in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Issues concentrating
- Lapse of memory
Unfortunately, whiplash does not always go away over time. If severe enough, it can cause chronic problems. That is why it is absolutely crucial to seek medical attention for whiplash immediately. This not only minimizes the long term effects, but it ensures you can gain compensation for your medical bills and suffering.
If you or someone you love has recently been involved in a car accident, please do not ignore any pain or injury. Trust a licensed professional to treat your wounds and rehabilitate you. Then, be sure to contact a licensed attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.