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Whiplash Injuries: What You Need to Know

Whiplash is a neck injury due to a forceful back-and-forth movement. It is also referred to as a neck strain or a neck sprain. Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that can result in chronic pain and reduction in movement. The most common cause of whiplash is a rear-end car collision; however, this is not the only cause of whiplash.

Many insurance adjusters and even some physicians discount the long-term impact of whiplash. Unfortunately, accident victims who suffer from whiplash can experience debilitating symptoms that seriously impact their ability to work and perform daily tasks.

What Are The Causes Of Whiplash?

One of the most common causes of whiplash is a rear-end collision. In a rear-end collision, the head is snapped forward and backward violently causing injury to the muscles, nerves, and tissue in the neck. Even though rear-end collisions are often named as one of the most common causes of whiplash, there are other accidents that can cause whiplash.

  • Contact sports
  • All types of traffic accidents, including pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Repetitive stress injuries at work
  • Assaults

One misconception about whiplash is that it can only occur in a high-speed collision. However, whiplash can occur in low-impact car crashes. It does not take that much force to cause a serious neck injury. Therefore, you should always be checked by your physician after any traffic accident or personal injury accident.

Symptoms of Whiplash

While most cases of whiplash will heal given time and rest, some cases of whiplash result in long-term or permanent conditions. Insurance adjusters want to refer to whiplash as a “minor injury” that does not require much medical care. They do this as a way of reducing the value of an accident claim. However, you should never ignore or dismiss any symptoms after a personal injury accident.

If you experience any of the following symptoms of whiplash, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Pain in the neck, especially pain that begins at the base of the neck and radiates upward or pain that is chronic or grows worse
  • Stiffness and/or reduced range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Pain that becomes worse when you move your neck, especially if you turn your head to look over your shoulder or rock your head side to side or front to back
  • Tenderness and/or pain in your shoulders, upper back, or arms
  • Numbness and/or tingling in your arms and/or hands
  • Fatigue, sleep disturbance, and/or trouble concentrating
  • Blurred vision

Sometimes the above symptoms may be immediate; however, this is not always the case.  It could take several hours or a couple of days to experience the full effect of a whiplash injury. If you notice any of the above symptoms, or any unexplained or strange symptoms, after a car accident or other personal injury, seek medical attention right away. Delaying treatment for whiplash can harm your health and hurt your personal injury claim.

Get Help From A Bloomington Car Accident Lawyer

Whiplash can result in expensive medical care and physical therapy. You may also miss time from work as you heal from your injury. Do not bear the financial burden of a car accident on your own. Our Bloomington car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for your losses, damages, and injuries from the party who caused your accident. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, emotional stress, and physical pain.

Call The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 or speak with someone now through our Live Chat feature on our website to schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation with a Bloomington car accident lawyer.

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