Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries suffered by those
involved in motor vehicle accidents as is often considered to be a minor
injury, despite its potential to develop into a serious and chronic problem.
This injury occurs when a person’s head suddenly snaps forward and
back, or sideways, damaging the delicate tendons and ligaments in the
neck. As such, one of the most common symptoms individuals experience
when sustaining this injury is a sore neck.
Although most people with this injury are able to achieve a full recovery
within 6 months, it is not uncommon for some symptoms to linger. Some
of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Painful neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Pain or tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Numbness in the arms
More severe symptoms whiplash include:
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Memory issues
- Problems with concentration
Serious cases of whiplash can cause symptoms that go on for months and,
in some cases, never completely disappear. It is important to understand
that even a severe whiplash injury might not present symptoms immediately,
and sometimes take a day or two before the pain and discomfort become
apparent. If you believe you suffered a whiplash injury, it is critical
to see a doctor for a full evaluation as soon as possible even if you
are not experiencing any symptoms yet. Not only will this protect your
health, but if you decide to move forward with a personal injury claim,
having a record of your injury will help strengthen your case. Otherwise,
the at-fault party’s insurance company might argue that you were
not really injured in the accident.
If whiplash lasts longer than 6 months, it is generally considered a chronic
condition and is often treated with prescription painkillers and physiotherapy.
Your doctor might also advise you to keep your head and neck mobile to
assist the healing process.
Car Accident Lawyers in Long Island
Over 2 million individuals in the country are injured in car accidents
every day, sustaining a wide range of injuries, from minor to life-altering.
At Gruenberg Kelly Della, we are committed to fighting for the rights
of injured victims and have recovered more than $100 million on behalf
of our clients. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident,
it is imperative to seek the experienced and skilled legal assistance
of a personal injury attorney. We will work tirelessly for the compensation
you deserve and need to move forward.
Contact our office today at (888) 305-6372 to schedule a free initial consultation
with a knowledgeable member of our firm. You should not have to go through
this difficult time alone.