Whiplash from a car accident, most commonly a rear-end collision, can be very painful and can even lead to worse injuries. In these types of accidents, the acceleration-deceleration force that results causes backward and forward movement of the head and neck at high speed. The muscles of the neck and shoulder region are under excessive strain in an accident like this, causing whiplash injuries.
What are the effects of whiplash injuries?
Whiplash injuries are relatively common injuries, but that does not mean that their consequences are minor. Whiplash injuries can affect the joints and shock absorption and cause limited range of movement.
Symptoms of whiplash may not emerge until several days later. These may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- General body pain (the pain may become more severe later)
- Shoulder pain and stiffness
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Jaw pain
- Arm pain and weakness
A whiplash injury may lead to injuries to the vertebral discs and damage to the inner core of the disc. This can cause a very painful condition called disc herniation.
What are the other consequences of whiplash injuries?
The consequences of whiplash injuries can both be physiological and psychological in nature. Some studies have shown that there is impaired cognitive functioning after a person has suffered a whiplash injury. More severe whiplash can also be associated with:
In some cases, victims may develop post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Individuals may also suffer from concentration and memory impairment.
What are the typical damages associated with whiplash injuries?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, you are looking at financial expenses that include medical care and hospitalization costs. You may also suffer lost income, and lost productivity. If your injuries have left you impaired, you are also looking at the cost of disability down the line, as well as losses from diminished earning capacity.
How can I recover damages for a whiplash injury?
If you have suffered whiplash injury in a car accident, speak with an attorney to learn how you can recover compensation for your losses. Damages can include your medical care, hospitalization costs, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering.