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7 things to know about whiplash injuries after a car crash

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2017 | Car Accidents |

Whiplash is a problem after many car crashes. Some people make fun of these injuries because they think they are just a ploy to seek compensation. This isn’t the case. Whiplash injuries are very serious injuries that can have long-lasting effects on the victims. If you are the victim of a car accident, consider these points about whiplash injuries.

#1: Whiplash doesn’t require a hit to the head

Whiplash is the result of the violent motion of the head being flung around during the accident. You can suffer a whiplash injury even if you don’t hit your head on the vehicle. You should be alert for signs of whiplash whether the accident was major or minor.

#2: Symptoms of whiplash might not show up quickly

The symptoms of whiplash might take a few days to appear. You may notice that your neck is stiff and sore. Resting it might not make the pain and stiffness go away. You may find that you have to rely on medication and heat or ice therapy to find relief. Moving your head from side to side or up and down might be difficult. Some whiplash victims might suffer from headaches.

#3: The type of crash can impact the severity of whiplash

People who are in rear-end crashes are more likely to suffer from whiplash than those who are in other types of crashes. Doctors who treat patients after a car accident are likely going to ask about the accident so they can make a determination about how to treat the injury.

#4: Whiplash affects all structures in the neck

Whiplash is considered a soft-tissue injury. However, it can impact all the structures in the neck. You might find that the bones in your neck are hurting when you have whiplash. Pain and difficulty moving might occur even if the muscles in your neck don’t feel sore.

#5: Treatment varies greatly

In the past, whiplash meant that the victim had to wear a neck brace and keep the neck immobile. This isn’t the case now. May people who have whiplash are encouraged to go through physical therapy and get the neck moving so that they aren’t having to deal with muscle loss due to inactivity.

#6: Damages can be considerable

The damages a person with whiplash suffers can be considerable. They might include medical bills, loss of income if time off work is necessary, and the cost of other care that is necessary. You might opt to seek compensation from the at-fault driver in an effort to reduce the impact the accident has on your finances.

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