While you may have heard the term “whiplash” before, you may not be completely familiar with this condition that accident victims commonly suffer. In simple terms, whiplash is a neck injury that is the result of the neck moving back and forth in rapid succession. The term “whiplash” comes from the fact that this injury is sustained when the neck cracks like a whip. While it most commonly happens in the event of a rear-end car accident, it can also happen in other accident situations.
When you sustain a whiplash injury, what has happened is the soft tissue in your neck, like the muscles and ligaments, have extended beyond their range of motion. The resulting symptoms can be numerous and range in level of severity. Some symptoms you may experience if you have whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Radiating neck pain
- Muscle tension in your neck
- Arm tingling or numbness
- Shoulder pain
- Upper back pain
- Pain when rotating your head
The pain and discomfort of whiplash can be temporary or last indefinitely. Additionally, sustaining a whiplash injury can make you more vulnerable to other neck injuries.
The variety of symptoms and the range of times symptoms may appear makes whiplash notoriously difficult to diagnose. Some people start to feel the effects of whiplash immediately while others do not feel the full impact of the injury until days later. This is why it is so important to not only seek medical attention after a motor vehicle crash but to receive consistent follow-up care. Be clear with your treating medical providers about the symptoms you are experiencing. Let them know how the injury is developing and if your symptoms are changing or increasing in severity.
With treatment, you may be able to have temporary or permanent relief from whiplash. A proper treatment plan that you follow will help you manage your pain. Treatment for whiplash may include:
- Palliative care
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication
- TENS Unit
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in automobile accidents. It can be painful and cause severe discomfort for an indefinite period of time. Additionally, a whiplash injury will make you more susceptible to neck injuries in the future. Unfortunately, with all of this said, insurance companies commonly fail to take whiplash injuries seriously. As a result, claims for damages associated with a whiplash car accident injury are severely undervalued.
Our attorneys know whiplash injuries are serious and should be handled as such. We understand that our clients have been through more than enough and we are here to help them the best way we can. As attorneys, it is our duty to fight for what you are legally entitled to. If you have sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a legal right to recover monetary compensation for your losses. That’s what we are here to help you with. Contact us today.