Many people have no idea that whiplash is the most common car accident injury. They also many not realize that whiplash can be more than an inconvenience – it can be devastating. Keep reading to discover the truth about whiplash. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been in a car accident and need the help of an experienced attorney.
Basic Facts About Whiplash
One of the reasons that whiplash happens so frequently is because it can occur even when an accident is minor and happened at a minor speed. Any accident that involves a vehicle coming to a sudden stop or turning quickly can turn your head and neck back and forth very fast, or from front to back or side to side. This can cause whiplash.
One of the issues with whiplash is that people often do not immediately realize that they have experienced it. You cannot see it by simply looking at the neck, back, or shoulders. In fact, there are almost never visible signs of it. That said, there can be significant damage within your neck, including to the tendons, soft tissues, and ligaments. Damage includes inflammation and other serious issues.
While it may be minor at first, whiplash can get worse as time goes in. Soreness can begin to get worse and range of motion can decline. Just moving your neck normally can make whiplash get worse. This is why it is so common for people to believe they are fine after an accident, only to realize days – or even weeks later – that they are injured.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash
The fact of the matter is that whiplash can look different from one person to another. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Neck pain that’s worse with movement
- Stiffness in the neck
- Tenderness and / or pain in the shoulders and / or upper back
- Reduced range of motion throughout the upper arms, shoulders, or neck
- Headaches at the back of the head
- Tingling or numbness in the neck, back, upper arms, or shoulders
If you have these or other symptoms of whiplash then your first call should be to a doctor to get diagnosed. Then contact an attorney to find out what your options are.
Yes, You Can File a Lawsuit Even if Your Whiplash Injuries Were Not Immediately Clear
If you were injured in a car accident but the injuries were not clear for weeks or even months after the accident, you still have options. It may be more challenging if evidence is no longer available but you have two years (in most cases) to file a personal injury claim. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation if you have suffered a whiplash injury.