Is Whiplash a Minor or Serious Injury?
Whiplash occurs in car accidents when there is a sudden instance of deceleration. In most cases, whiplash is a minor neck injury that occurs when a vehicle that is standing still is struck from behind.
But even in cases where whiplash symptoms are minor, the victim may experience pain and discomfort and may be unable to attend work or carry out ordinary tasks. As a result, a whiplash injury can sometimes be expensive. In some cases, whiplash causes serious injury that requires years of treatment and therapy.
How do I know if I have whiplash?
If you are in a rear end collision and experience stiffness in your neck, you may have whiplash. Sometimes whiplash symptoms do not appear until several hours after an accident. As a result, you should always seek medical treatment as soon as possible if you are in a motor vehicle accident.
Below is a list of other symptoms commonly associated with whiplash:
- Stiffness or pain in your shoulders
- Dizziness or disorientation
- Jaw pain
- Pain or weakness in your arms or joins
- Poor vision or visual disturbances
- Pain or ringing in your ears
- Back pain
After seeing a doctor and having the full extent of your injuries diagnosed you should contact a reputable injury law firm. If the accident was the fault of the other driver, you may be entitled to compensation.