Most of us have heard of the term ‘whiplash’ – but many do not realize it has the potential to turn into a serious injury. Whiplash is caused when the head or neck is thrust back, forward, or side to side by a sudden impact. The intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, and cervical muscles may be injured. Like most injuries, whiplash can range from mild to severe.
There are many situations that can cause whiplash, however, the most common cause is an auto accident. When a seatbelt is used properly, whiplash should be the only injury accrued in a motor vehicle accident. This is because the head and neck are the only body parts that will move violently during the collision.
After any impact, it is highly recommended to visit a medical practitioner. Also make sure to keep in contact with the doctor incase new symptoms arise. If not punctually documented by a professional, insurance providers can argue the nature and cause of the injury.
What are factors that affect the severity of a whiplash injury? A few factors include:
- Posture during collision
- Health and physical condition
- Car size
- Awareness of an incoming collision
- Prior injuries
Most recover from whiplash injuries within the first two to three months. However, some develop chronic pain after an accident. What are typical symptoms of whiplash?
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Pain or numbness in extremities
- Pain or stiffness in the shoulders or in-between the shoulder blades
- Ringing in the ears
- Lower back pain
- Jaw Pain
- Blurred vision and other visual disturbances
- Fatigue or sleep disturbance
What are symptoms of severe and chronic whiplash?
- Anger and irritability
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome
- Social Isolation
- Memory problems
What should you do if you are suffering from whiplash following a motor vehicle accident? Visit a medical professional, then contact the auto accident attorneys at Rutter Mills law firm. We have significant experience in handling these cases and will make sure to get the justice you deserve. Please contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.