What Is Whiplash?
Car accidents can generate a tremendous amount of violent force, causing broken bones and internal organ injuries. But the force can also cause another well-known injury: whiplash. If you have ever seen an auto accident victim wearing a white neck brace, then they are probably suffering from whiplash. Whiplash is a serious injury which might entitle you to financial compensation.
What Causes Whiplash?
Whiplash is most frequently caused by the forwards or backwards motion of the head during an accident. The head forces the neck beyond its normal range of motion, causing damage to the joints, tendons, and nerves in your neck and shoulders. This whip-like motion can also cause internal damage to the brain, which is another condition often found with whiplash.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Whiplash is a collection of injuries to the neck caused by the rocking back-and-forth motion. You might feel the following symptoms:
- Disturbed sleep
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Jaw pain
- Numbness in your arms or hands
- Difficulty with concentration or memory
You might not notice symptoms immediately. Instead, symptoms might need 24 hours or more to manifest. Regardless of when you first notice them, you should treat all symptoms seriously. Immediately visit a doctor so you can receive prompt medical care.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
Ironically, the worst thing you can do is put a brace around your neck. Instead, injured motorists need to gradually reintroduce movement to their neck, so locking it in place with a neck brace is counterproductive. Your doctor should prescribe massage or neck exercises to help you regain movement in the affected area.
To help cope with pain, you can take over-the-counter or prescription painkillers, and apply heat or ice. Ultrasound and massage can help loosen your neck muscles. As you improve, you can participate in physical therapy to regain your full range of movement.
Is Whiplash Really a Serious Injury?
Yes. Although mild whiplash can clear up in a matter of weeks, more severe whiplash might take several months to heal. Some people develop long-term complications, including chronic pain. Because women tend to have weaker necks, they also tend to suffer more from whiplash.
After an accident, you might end up missing work for weeks or months. Also, medical treatment can run into the thousands of dollars, especially if you need physical therapy. Car accident victims who suffer from whiplash can quickly amass thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost income, putting them in a precarious financial state through no fault of their own. When someone else’s negligence causes your injury, you can seek out compensation.
Speak with a Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyer
Any injury that leaves you in a state of extreme pain requires utmost attention. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez, we have helped whiplash victims get the compensation they need to begin piecing their lives back together. Our team will carefully review your medical records and analyze to see whether you can hold another driver legally responsible. For a free case evaluation, call 718-407-4123 or fill out our contact form.