Whiplash Injuries and Symptoms
The impact of a car crash can cause serious injuries that may not be immediately apparent. In the aftermath of the accident, your adrenaline is running and you are focused on making sure that everyone is safe. However, some injuries do not appear until up to 24 hours after the accident.
One such injury is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck strain or sprain caused by the abrupt jerking of the neck beyond its normal range of motion. Because of the nature of the injury, symptoms or pain may not appear until hours after the accident. Whiplash can occur during low-impact injuries, even at speeds as slow as 15 miles per hour. For this reason, many people do not realize that they have suffered from whiplash.
Common Whiplash Symptoms
Whiplash symptoms can include:
- Stiffness, tenderness, swelling, muscle spasms, or pain in the neck
- Pain in the shoulder, shoulder blade, or lower back
- Shooting pain from the neck into the shoulder or arm
- Numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of function in the arms, hands, or legs
- Headache, dizziness, irritability, and difficulty remembering events and concentrating
- Difficulty moving the head
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep problems
A whiplash injury can affect muscles, ligaments, discs, joints, vertebrae, and nerve roots. If you think you may have suffered from whiplash, it is important to seek medical assistance to prevent further serious complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a whiplash injury as the result of a car accident or another incident, the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you get the compensation you need from the responsible party to help cover your medical expenses and other losses. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.