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A Guide to Understanding Whiplash October 12, 2017

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A Guide to Understanding Whiplash , Lake St. Louis, Missouri

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. Although minor cases might heal on their own in a matter of days, severe instances have lasting repercussions, especially if left untreated. If you are suffering from neck or back pain following a collision and you want to hold the liable party accountable, turn to a personal injury attorney. In the meantime, below is a quick guide to everything you need to know about the condition, from symptoms to treatment.

Common Causes & Symptoms

Whiplash is another word for neck strain. It occurs when the head jerks backward and then forward. This sudden motion can either tear or place excessive stress on the muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons of the neck, shoulders, and upper back. The most common causes of whiplash include car accidents, contact sports, and physical altercations.

Symptoms of whiplash vary in severity from case to case. Some people might experience them for a few days after the incident, while others suffer its effects for months or even years after they develop it. In addition to neck pain and stiffness, common signs are dizziness, fatigue, numbness or tingling in the arms, tenderness in the shoulders, and loss of range of motion in the neck.

Treating Whiplash

personal injuryWhen it comes to treating whiplash, the goals are to relieve the symptoms and restore the neck’s normal range of motion. The most effective treatment will vary depending on the severity of the condition. Possible approaches include some combination of rest, heat or ice, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, numbing injections, physical therapy, and immobilization with a cervical foam collar.

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve been in an accident and suffered whiplash, hiring a lawyer will ensure you have the best possible chance at securing a good settlement. Especially if the incident was due to someone else’s negligence, an attorney will help you file a personal injury claim, gather evidence and medical records, and advocate on your behalf, so you get the compensation you deserve.

 

If you sustained whiplash and other injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, the personal injury team at Coyne, Cundiff & Hillemann, P.C., in Lake St Louis, MO, will help you secure the best possible outcome. You can learn more about their experience representing accident victims by visiting their website. The firm also practices family law, criminal defense, and workers’ compensation. To schedule an initial consultation with a seasoned professional, call (636) 561-5599.

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