When people hear the term “whiplash”, they often think it is a phony or fabricated injury. However, whiplash is a very common injury that can occur due to being involved in a variety of accidents such as a vehicle pile-up or a slip-and-fall. Whiplash injuries can be very serious and leave long-lasting side effects, causing severe pain and discomfort for weeks, months, years especially if left untreated.
Medical professionals define whiplash as an injury to the neck that occurs when an impact or trauma causes your head to jerk forward and backward in such an abrupt manner that the force stretches the muscles and tendons in your neck. In some cases, ice and rest can treat whiplash symptoms but often times, medical attention and physical therapy are needed. When dealing with any type of head and/or neck injury, it is best to see a medical professional so that more serious injuries can be ruled out.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Often times, whiplash symptoms do not come on immediately following an accident. It can take a few days for the following symptoms to show up:
- Pain or stiffness when moving your neck to the side or back and forward
- Shoulder and upper back pain
- Radiating tingling, weakness, or numbness on one or more sides of your body
- Reduced range of motion with Inability to turn and look over your shoulder
- Headaches starting at the base of your skull that shoot up to your forehead
This list is not an exhaustive list. Some whiplash victims suffer only one or two symptoms while others suffer from a full range of symptoms that can last several weeks. In addition, if left untreated, whiplash can create a permanent or semi-permanent disability that can prevent you from driving or performing your normal daily activities.
Help For Whiplash Accident Victims
Whiplash victims who are injured at no fault of their own due to an accident such as a slip-and-all or vehicle accident have the right to recover financial compensation for their injury. At Williams and DeLoatche, P.C. we can walk you through the process of filing a claim against the negligent party. We are experienced accident lawyers that have a proven track record of providing the help needed to award victims the compensation they deserve.
If you have any questions concerning your accident, call the attorneys at Williams and DeLoatche, P.C. at 757-547-5555 for a free consultation.