The term whiplash describes a range of neck injuries, particularly soft tissue damage. Whiplash is common in rear-end accidents. When a vehicle is rear-ended, the impact propels the car occupants bodies forward while their heads stay in place, exposing the neck to sudden, extreme extension and flexion with a whip-like motion. So personal injuries to the neck that result from this extreme snapping or jerking are commonly called whiplash.
Whiplash-type injuries are now commonly referred to with more technical names like neck sprain or strain, hyperextension/hyperflexion injury, cervical strain or sprain, and myofascial injury.
Whiplash injuries can result from other types of incidents other than rear-end accidents, including:
- skiing or snowboarding
- contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer
- shaken baby syndrome
- car and truck accidents that don’t involve rear-end impact
- slip and fall accidents
- physical assaults
- repetitive stress injuries at work
Low impact, low speed, rear-end auto collisions is the common cause of whiplash. A range of factors other than the force of impact cause whiplash including; seating position, the position of the head at the time of impact, the position of seat and head restraints, and the relative size and weight of the vehicles involved in the accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist you in understanding your personal injury case.
Another misconception about whiplash is that it is minor and not all that serious of an injury, because it involves soft tissue. Medical evidence shows that soft tissue injuries can be serious and, if left untreated, have long term effects. This is why it’s important to be checked out by a doctor if you have been involved in any type of car accident. After receiving the proper medical attention and care you need it is also important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you in preserving your claim and recovering the damages you deserve.
Signs of a whiplash or neck injury:
- blurred vision
- neck pain and stiffness
- decreased range of motion
- sleep disturbance, fatigue, or trouble concentrating
- burning, prickling, tingling in arms
- back, arm, or shoulder pain
- cognitive difficulties
Symptoms may take several days to appear.
If you or a loved one has experience whiplash symptoms, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation. Talk to a personal injury attorney that is committed to helping clients who have suffered whiplash injuries. Don’t delay! Call Clay now! Our personal injury lawyers provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.