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Whiplash is a neck injury usually caused by a rapid, forceful backward and forwards motion – like the crack of a whip. The injury is most often caused by rear-ending vehicle collisions, but whiplash can occur after other types of car accidents as well as other types of trauma.
Whiplash is a tricky injury because symptoms might not develop up to 24 hours after the accident. Whiplash is characterized by neck pain and stiffness that can worsen with movement. Symptoms can also include, headache, muscle tenderness, tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue, and dizziness. Some people also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, irritability, difficulty concentrating, depression, and memory issues.
Whiplash is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications. However, it is recommended that anyone experiencing symptoms of whiplash see a doctor immediately to receive an accurate diagnosis and to rule out other more serious injuries, such as broken bones and tissue damage.
Most people will recover from their whiplash injuries within a few weeks. However, some individuals will experience pain and after effects for the rest of their lives. Lasting injuries like that need to be factored into a personal injury settlement.
A doctor’s visit is important for anyone thinking about a personal injury claim because a doctor’s diagnosis and notes about the injuries will provide important evidence about the effects of the accident.
Personal Injury attorneys recommend that anyone who has been involved in an automobile accident see a doctor the same day as the accident.
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