Whiplash is one of the most common injuries as the result of an automobile accident. The injury is sustained when the impact of a crash causes the driver or passenger’s body to be violently “whipped” back and forward. While many accidents only result in mild cases of whiplash, some injuries can cause on-going discomfort or health concerns.
With this in mind, it is important to understand whiplash as well as your legal rights if you are considering filing an accident claim. According to Rush Medical Center, Here are a few whiplash facts to consider:
- Occurs at any rate of speed – It does not take a great deal of speed or force for a whiplash injury to occur. In fact, a whiplash injury as a result of a vehicular accident can occur at speeds under ten miles per hours. The most important factor protecting vehicle occupants from a severe injury is the use of restraints such as a seat belt or child safety seat.
- Older individuals are at greater risk – Because of decreased muscle flexibility and strength, the elderly are at greater risk for a whiplash injury. Additionally, women are also at greater risk than men because they have less muscle mass in their neck and shoulder regions.
- Keep moving after an injury – While other accidents might require rest for a full recovery, after suffering a whiplash related injury, it is important to continue moving. Keeping the affected area still can actually prolong the recovery process.
The most common symptoms of whiplash include pain, muscle spasms and tightness in the muscles of the neck. If you have nausea, dizziness, blurred vision or headaches, you might also be suffering from a concussion, which can often accompany a whiplash injury. Other areas that might be impacted by whiplash are the esophagus and larynx. This can cause discomfort and/or difficulty swallowing. Other symptoms of whiplash might include:
- A burning or tingling sensation in the neck
- Upper back pain
- Upper back muscle tightness
- Pain in the neck and surrounding areas with movement.
If you or someone you know is suffering from whiplash related issues as the result of a car accident or other at-fault injury, contact a legal professional to learn more about your rights.
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