Whiplash Injuries: Are They Serious?

December 11, 2014

Whiplash injuries are among the most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents.  While some car accident injuries only occur only at higher speeds, traffic crashes ranging from high-speed impacts to low-speed and minor fender benders can cause whiplash.  Despite the outdated misconception that whiplash injuries are no big deal, medical science has shown time and again that whiplash injuries can cause serious pain and injury.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a general term used to describe tears in the muscle or tendons of your neck.  Anything that jars your neck and/or head can cause these tears, which is why whiplash often occurs in rear end collisions.  Regardless of speed, the sudden jerk of the head that accompanies a bump to a vehicle’s rear end can strain the neck.

A car accident victim may feel the symptoms of whiplash immediately, or the onset of symptoms may be delayed.  Among others, symptoms include pain or tightness in the neck or upper back, loss of mobility, and headaches or jaw aches.

Should I See a Doctor?

Yes.  Following a motor vehicle accident, drivers and passengers should see a physician to evaluate the extent of their injuries.  While symptoms of whiplash may subside within a few weeks, many individuals will experience symptoms for longer periods.  Your doctor may prescribe pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and/or a neck brace.  In many cases, whiplash patients will require physical therapy.  Though rare, whiplash can also cause pseudoaneuryisms, which can lead to more serious medical issues and even death.

Should I Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Absolutely.  If you or a loved one have sustained whiplash injuries as the result of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  Insurance adjusters frequently contact whiplash injury victims soon after a crash in the hopes of getting off lightly by offering a settlement before the victim even knows the extent of his or her injuries.  An experienced car accident lawyer can ensure that you receive a full course of treatment and obtain a settlement or personal injury award to fully compensate you for your injuries.

The Cleveland auto injury lawyers of Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA have decades experience representing whiplash injury and motor vehicle accident victims.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, contact us today for a free telephone consultation.

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