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What Exactly Is Whiplash?

Being involved in a car accident is both scary and stressful — and after sustaining an injury your probably filled with worry about your health. While whiplash may be a common auto accident injury, that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. Here’s what you need to know about whiplash and car accidents.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a neck injury that happens when the neck is rapidly forced to move back-and-forth. In many cases, a rear-end car crash can cause a person to sustain whiplash.

Why Whiplash is Dangerous

Whiplash injuries can be both painful and debilitating and the danger of whiplash is that sometimes symptoms do not occur until days or weeks after an accident.

While many people can recover from whiplash quickly and can be back on their feet within a few weeks, there are some complications that can cause months or even years of pain after an accident. Chronic symptoms may include:

  • Severe neck pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Pain in the arms

You may be more at risk for whiplash complications if you:

  • Have had whiplash before
  • Are older in age
  • Already have back problems, lower back pain or neck pain

Symptoms of Whiplash

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following signs or symptoms may develop within 24 hours of your car accident:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Pain worsens with neck movement
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches that start in the base of the skull
  • Pain or tenderness in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
  • Numbness/ tingling in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

What You Should Do After Sustaining Whiplash From a Car Accident

First and foremost, whether you experience any of the above symptoms or not after a car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately to err on the side of caution. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering of your injuries.

To learn more about your right to file a personal injury claim, Contact Viles & Beckman, LLC today at (239) 208-5223. Our experienced attorneys are ready to answer all your questions and ease your concerns so you can concentrate on healing from your injuries.