Whiplash: “Whip” You Out of Shape

Whiplash is an often-used term to describe one of the most common injuries following a vehicle accident. This particular type of personal injury occurs when a person’s head moves very suddenly backward and forward with great force, often during a car accident.

During one of these incidents, the soft tissue in your neck can extend beyond the typical range of motion, causing neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness and blurred vision. In short, those affected are usually quite sore. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours of the incident, and can last several weeks.

The good news is that whiplash is a relatively mild, albeit painful, condition and is usually not life threatening. However, seeking medical treatment is always the first option when experiencing the injury, especially if you experience numbness or weakness in your arms, severe neck pain, bladder or bowel issues, or memory problems. If you experience neck pain due to an automobile accident or workplace injury, contact a doctor right away to get examined.  Calling an injury attorney is also of the same importance as calling a doctor.

If your whiplash was the result of a car or workplace accident, you may want to bring a legal claim against any responsible parties. In this case, it is important to seek medical care immediately following the incident as well as calling an attorney. Your doctor will be able to document your condition, allowing you to more easily seek damages to cover your healthcare costs. In this case, your doctor might order an X-ray or other tests, such as a CT or MRI scan, as well as ask you any pertinent questions.

After seeking a medical evaluation, call the Accident Recovery Team’s experienced attorneys, who can help you win the financial resources you need to heal.

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