Whiplash is one of the most common injuries associated with car accidents. It occurs most often when a fast-moving vehicle comes to a sudden stop, as in the case of a collision with another vehicle or with a fixed object. The victim’s head is thrown violently forward, back or to the side and then typically jerks back in the opposite direction. This movement can cause damage to the muscles, nerves and vertebrae in the neck and may cause numerous medical complications, in addition to the initial and continued pain of the incident as well as swelling and tenderness.
Unfortunately, whiplash is often not noticed until days or even weeks after the accident. That is why it’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident, even if you don’t immediately feel any pain. Whiplash studies show that after a rear impact car accident the lower bones in the neck and forced into hypertension and the upper bones are forced into a hyperflexed position. This leads to an abnormal S-shape in the cervical spine, which can cause damage to soft tissues that hold the cervical vertebrae together.
Common Symptoms of whiplash can include:
- neck pain and stiffness,
- shoulder pain and stiffness,
- jaw pain (temporomandibular joint symptoms),
- arm pain,
- arm weakness,
- visual disturbances,
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and
- back pain.
More severe symptoms can include:
- drug dependency,
- post-traumatic stress syndrome,
- sleep disturbance (insomnia),
- litigation, and
- social isolation.
If whiplash is suspected a doctor will often perform an MRI, as they are better at determining soft tissue injuries. Once it has been determined that a soft tissue injury is present the doctor can issue treatment based on the severity of the injury. Research shows that a failure to properly diagnose and treat whiplash can result in anxiety and depression for the patient. Make sure to get treated as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to recover as quickly as possible.
Have you been injured in a Tampa Car Accident?
A skilled personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Keith Ligori in Tampa may be able to help you. The medical treatment for whiplash can be costly and may take time. With years of experience handling whiplash cases, it is our goal to provide you with the legal counsel you need to recover the highest amount of financial compensation possible. This can help you recover financially, emotionally and physically. In addition to handling whiplash injury cases involving auto accidents, we can also handle cases involving amusement parks, boat accidents, slip and fall accidents and a number of other situations where a sudden movement could cause serious neck or head injury.
Contact a Tampa personal injury lawyer at our firm today regarding your accident and whiplash injury.