Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries sustained in motor
vehicle collisions. However, the fact that it is such a common injury
is often why many dismiss it as minor and even neglect to receive treatment
for it. While many individuals are able to achieve a full recovery, whiplash
can sometimes lead to long-term complications and discomfort.
How Does Whiplash Occur?
Whiplash injuries occur as a result of a sudden motion that causes the
neck’s tendons and ligaments to stretch and tear. In addition to
motor vehicle accidents, some of the most common causes of whiplash include:
- Cycling accidents
- Contact sports
- Physical abuse
- Blows to the head with a heavy object
The Symptoms of Whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash do not always appear in the immediate aftermath
of an accident and sometimes take days to develop. These symptoms usually
clear up after several weeks, but can continue for months or linger for
years. If your whiplash injury lasts longer than six months, it is considered
a chronic condition and will require prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headaches that originate at the base of the skull
- Blurry vision
Other less common symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep disturbances
- Chronic pain in the neck, head, and shoulders
If you believe you sustained a whiplash injury, see your doctor immediately,
especially if you are experiencing severe symptoms such as numbness or
weakness in your arms. Your doctor will ask how the injury occurred, any
pain you might be experiencing, and conduct a physical exam to check your
range of motion and identify areas of tenderness. Other tests, including
CT scans or MRIs, will assist in determining any damage or inflammation
in the soft tissue, spinal cord, or nerves.
Experienced Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys
If you sustained a whiplash injury that was caused by another party’s
negligence, you should not have to pay for the costs associated with it.
You deserve fierce legal representation to fight for your right to compensation.
At The Maher Law Firm, our skilled personal injury attorneys have more
than 40 years of experience and have secured billions of dollars on behalf
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