If you suffered whiplash in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. Here, we discuss symptoms and treatments for whiplash.

You Could Suffer Serious Whiplash Injuries in an Accident

Whiplash is a serious injury often caused by someone’s negligence that is often not taken seriously enough by the negligent party and his insurance company. Because of this, it can make it even more challenging for an accident victim to prove his right to compensation. If you suffered a whiplash injury due to a person’s negligence, you will need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury caused by the neck and head being thrown suddenly backward then forward upon impact. The impact forces the neck and head beyond their normal range of movement. This results in an injury of the tissues and tendons in the neck, which is why it is often referred to as a soft tissue injury.

Whiplash is often caused by a rear-end collision, but can also be caused by other vehicle accidents where the neck is jerked back and forth violently. It can also be the result of being injured in a sports activity or a physical assault.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

It is important to keep in mind that the symptoms of whiplash may not become apparent for days or longer after an accident. However, you want to seek medical treatment soon after your accident so that your injury is diagnosed, you start medical treatment, and you avoid disputes with the insurance company as to the cause of your whiplash. Common symptoms of this painful medical condition include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Limitation in moving the neck
  • Headaches that often start at the base of the skull
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Tenderness and pain in the arms, shoulders, or back
  • Arm tingling or numbness

In more serious cases of whiplash, a person can also suffer a concussion, with symptoms such as the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Becoming irritable
  • Depression

Treatments You May Need for Whiplash

The goals of treatment for whiplash are to reduce the pain and increase the strength and mobility in the neck. While many people make a full recovery, some experience the pain and limitations of movement caused by whiplash for months or years after their accident. Treatments of whiplash can include:

  • Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications
  • Ice and heat treatments to the affected area
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Injections of a numbing medicine
  • Exercises for the neck
  • Physical therapy
  • Foam collar to keep the neck and head still for a few hours at a time

Did you suffer a whiplash injury from a car or other accident caused by another person’s negligence? You could need long-term medical care and be off work for months or longer while you recover. However, receiving the compensation you deserve may not be easy. Let our experienced personal injury attorneys take over the burden of investigating your accident, building your case against the negligent party, and negotiating your settlement so that you receive what you deserve. Fill out our convenient online form to schedule your free consultation.


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