Whiplash is a common injury following a car accident, frequently the result of a rear-end vehicle collision where a driver doesn’t stop in time and crashes into the vehicle in front of it. The injury may be a delayed-symptom injury, meaning the appearance of pain or stiffness may not present itself for several hours or possibly until the person wakes up the morning after an accident, feeling sore and stiff. Whiplash is sometimes portrayed with a negative connotation as a fake or manufactured injury, made up for the sole purpose of getting money in an insurance claim. The reality is, neck strains are extremely painful and may disrupt a person’s ability to walk, move, and work.
How a Whiplash Injury Occurs
In the most simple terms, a whiplash injury occurs when the neck is quickly thrust forward and backward. These injuries can occur in even low-speed collisions. If you’ve ever turned your neck quickly and suffered pain, you could see how even barely slightly faster than normal can cause pain. Depending on the force of the impact and amount of momentum, a whiplash injury can cause injury to muscles, nerves, ligaments, or discs. Symptoms of a whiplash injury include
- Neck soreness, tenderness or pain
- Decreased range of motion
- Tightness and stiffness in the neck
- Difficulting moving the neck from side to side
- Blurred vision
There are about 3 million whiplash injuries each year, with 50% of injuries resulting in some chronic symptoms. How long it takes for the pain to subside following a whiplash injury will vary from person to person. Some whiplash injuries may include just one symptom, and others may include a range of symptoms. The healing process can take weeks or months or may accompany other serious head injuries, such as a concussion. Getting timely and documented medical treatment is critical for anyone wishing to pursue a whiplash claim. Depending on the severity of injuries, treatment can include chiropractic adjustment/manipulation, physical therapy, muscle stimulation/relaxation, and ergonomic changes. Over the counter pain medication may be recommended, and doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants more severe strains may
Experienced Whiplash Injury Lawyers
At Dana and Dana, our Rhode Island personal injury attorneys have helped many victims of whiplash injuries recover significant compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. To speak with a member of our team about your case, contact us today.