Whiplash is one of the most common types of personal injuries, experienced by more than two million people each year. While any injury can cause whiplash, it’s most often associated with auto accidents, where the force of the impact tears the soft tissue of the neck. If you’ve been involved in an accident recently, here’s a closer look at common questions on the subject.
Answers to Frequent Whiplash Questions
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is classified as a soft tissue injury of the neck, meaning it affects the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. An abrupt snapping motion of the head, usually with a sharp back-and-forth movement, will strain, stretch, and tear these tissues.
An accident doesn’t need to be major, such as a serious car accident, to cause whiplash. In fact, a low-impact force is often sufficient enough to result in this injury.
What are the symptoms?
Neck pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of whiplash. The neck and shoulders may be sore and sensitive, and your range of motion in this area will likely be extremely limited. Headaches and blurred vision are also not uncommon.
Whiplash doesn't always show up right away after a personal injury; you may experience the first symptoms hours or days after the initial impact. But it's important to remember that whiplash and traumatic brain injuries share many of the same symptoms, so always be promptly checked out by a medical professional.
Is it treatable?
While there's no fast cure for whiplash, it is treatable. Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers can help facilitate recovery, which usually takes a few weeks. Your doctor may prescribe a pain medication or recommend a chiropractor. Discomfort can be alleviated by applying a cold pack for the first few days after the injury, then switching to a heated compress.
Can I recover damages from a whiplash injury?
If a personal injury was caused by someone else's negligence or carelessness, you may be able to recover financial losses. This can include the costs of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To file the strongest claim possible, always consult an injury attorney. You’ll need to have solid evidence, such as medical records, photos of the accident scene, and a copy of the police report filed by the attending officer.
When you need a personal injury lawyer in Alabama, Georgia, or Florida, contact The Gil Law Firm. Based in Dothan, AL, they have nearly two decades of experience offering representation in injury and Social Security disability claims. Attorney Rafael Gil III and his team will work to get you the compensation and peace of mind you need. Call (334) 673-0100 or visit their website to schedule a consultation.