Whiplash in Motor Vehicle Accidents
You often hear the word “whiplash” used in conjunction with car crashes. But how severe is the harm that results? It is a neck injury, and what many people don’t know is that it can also cause brain damage. These type of accidents occur when the neck and head are jarred forcefully — beyond an ordinary range of motion. Soft tissue damage often results, the effects of which can be felt for years.
A whiplash accident can harm your ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. If you need help meeting medical expenses because someone else caused your accident, speak to an attorney.
It’s not only a whiplash car accident that can cause whiplash. This type of injury can also result from:
- Sports injuries
- Shaken baby syndrome
Whiplash accidents: What Happens During A Rear-End Crash
When it comes to whiplash accidents, rear-end collisions are the most common causes of this injury. If your a vehicle is hit from behind, your head and neck are often jerked back and forth. The force of the motion is too fast for your body can keep up, which stretches the soft tissues in the neck. It can sometimes tear nerves and tissues in the brain as well. These types of accidents may occur even during low speed crashes.
Whiplash car accidents – symptoms of severe injuries
Your recovery from whiplash car accidents depends on how severe your injuries were. You may heal quickly, or symptoms may worsen over time. You can even become permanently disabled. It is often difficult to detect soft tissue injuries during medical tests. If there was no direct impact to the head, brain injuries might not be looked for at all. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, back, arm, or jaw
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Arm weakness
- Loss of motion in the neck
- Headaches and vision problems
- Dizziness and ringing ears
- Fatigue, depression, anger, and anxiety
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Sleep disorders
- Memory loss, or difficulty concentrating
A Whiplash accident can have terrible consequences
Those who suffer a whiplash accident can have injuries that go unrecognized and untreated. This puts them at higher risk for second impact syndrome and epilepsy. If you or a loved one suffered a whiplash accident , you may have pain and immobility that prevents you from returning to work, or from living independently. The only way to seek redress for such harm may be to take the wrongdoers to court, or pursue a settlement. Call Price Benowitz, LLP today
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