When you are involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, serious injuries can occur. One of the most common injuries related to car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is an injury that occurs to your neck when your head moves rapidly forward and backward, which often occurs during an auto collision.
We can examine whiplash by looking at Newton’s First Law of Motion, which in general terms states that an object in motion will remain in motion until a force acts upon it.
Let’s say you are in a head-on collision. Your car is traveling down the road and is hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Your car comes to a stop because a force equal to or stronger than it acted upon it. However, your body, which was traveling at the same speed as the car, continues to move forward in the space within the car because there is not a force acting against it. Eventually, though, as your head moves forward, a force (your body restrained in the seatbelt) puts the movement to a stop, causing your head to whip forcefully forward and then swing backward.
Below, read more about whiplash and get in touch with a car accident attorney if you believe you are experiencing injuries relating to a car crash caused by a negligent driver.
Symptoms Of Whiplash
If you have recently been involved in a car accident, it is important to pay attention to your body and seek medical attention if you feel any of the symptoms of whiplash below, or you feel otherwise unwell or in pain. A doctor will be able to properly diagnose whiplash and ensure there are not any broken bones, spinal damage, or other injuries.
According to The Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of whiplash typically show up within 24 hours of an incident and can include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain when moving neck
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Headaches generating from the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulders, arms, or upper back
- Tingling or numbness in limbs
More severe symptoms of whiplash can include blurred or double vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping, difficulty with memory, irritability or mood swings, or depression. If you experience any of these symptoms after an auto accident, seek medical attention.
Treatment for Whiplash
Typically, pain associated with whiplash will dissipate after a few weeks of taking it easy. To manage pain, your doctor might recommend simply resting, treating the area with hot or cold application, or taking over-the-counter muscle relaxants or pain relievers. If the pain is more severe, your doctor might prescribe pain medication or suggest other treatments such as injections to decrease pain and swelling.
While some people feel better after a few weeks, for some, the pain might continue for months or even years after an accident. If you have a more severe case of whiplash, your doctor might suggest certain exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and more to help manage the symptoms.
When To Call A Car Accident Lawyer For Whiplash
If you have been injured in a car accident, you might be eligible to receive compensation from the negligent party. If you feel any pain, discomfort, or otherwise unusual after a car accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Whiplash is a real injury that happens frequently. However, it is also often looked at with suspicion by insurance adjusters. If you need to file a personal injury lawsuit, having confirmation from a physician of resulting injuries will be an imperative piece of evidence in your case. A car accident lawyer can handle communication with the insurance company, negotiate payments from the offender’s insurance provider, collect evidence and build your case, interview witnesses, analyze police reports, and more.
If the doctor does confirm that you have whiplash or another accident-related injury, seek out a qualified car accident lawyer to handle your case. It is vital that you act quickly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in a timely manner.
If you do need to seek medical treatment in the meantime, make sure that you save all medical documents, receipts, and bills. Additionally, document any lost wages or loss of ability to complete daily tasks that you experience.
Call A Car Accident Lawyer Today
The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr., PLLC can assist you with a personal injury lawsuit following a car crash. If you are experiencing whiplash or other injuries due to the negligence of another driver, you might be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
We have offices throughout Texas and are available to evaluate your case and see if we are a good match for your legal needs. Get in touch today to start your personal injury lawsuit.