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Whiplash Injuries: What You Need to Know

Whiplash Injuries: What You Need to Know

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 11-Oct-2016

Whiplash is a common result of car accident victims—especially those who were rear-ended. If you have experienced whiplash, here is what you need to know about your injury. If you have recently experienced a whiplash injury as a result of a car accident, contact a Monterey car accident lawyer, at Dunnion Law Firm, for a case evaluation.

What is Whiplash?

When a car is rear-ended, the drivers and passengers in the vehicle are propelled forward by the force of impact. While their bodies move forward, their heads typically stay in place, resulting in extension to the neck. Because this happens in a whip-like motion, it is referred to as whiplash.

When pursuing a personal injury case following your injuries from an accident, it’s important to keep this in mind: personal injury attorneys steer clear of using the term “whiplash” these days. In recent years, “whiplash” has developed a reputation as an exaggerated or even made up injury claim.

We recommend that you avoid using the term in your insurance claim, and instead define your injury more technically. Consider replacing “whiplash” with neck sprain or strain, cervical strain or sprain, hyperextension/hyperflexion injury or myofascial injury. To be safe, ask your doctor for the technical term he or she would use to refer to your injury, and then reference that in your claim.

Other Causes of Whiplash

A common misconception is that whiplash can only be caused from serious collisions that occur at high speeds. Realistically, most whiplash injuries are the result of accidents that happen at a low impact and low speed.

Here are some other causes of whiplash:

- Car accidents occurring without rear-end impact

- Contact sports like football as well as skiing accidents

- Slipping and falling

- Stress injuries on the job

- A physical assault

- Child abuse such as shaken baby syndrome

Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash injury symptoms vary depending on severity of impact, as well as other factors. Symptoms of whiplash are as follows:

- Pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders, arms or back

- Dizziness

- Difficulty sleeping

- Fatigue

- Decreased range of motion

- Difficulty focusing

- Headache

- Blurred vision

- Sensations you don’t usually experience such as burning or tingling in your shoulder

- Difficulty thinking or psychological complications

How to Manage a Whiplash Injury

First things first, head to a medical professional. Another common misconception is that because whiplash is a soft tissue injury, it is often considered to be not very severe. However, if you don’t treat a neck injury, it can result in serious health complications. So set up an appointment with your GP or visit the emergency room to ensure you’re doing everything you can for a fast recovery.

Contact Your Monterey Car Accident Lawyer

Also consider making a personal injury claim. Make sure you keep detailed notes of the accident, records of your visits with medical professionals and any other information related to your injury. Contact a Monterey car accident lawyer at Dunnion Law Firm to assist you through the process. This is the safest way to ensure you will receive proper compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.

Categories: Auto Accident