Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. Whiplash is especially likely to occur if your car is rear ended. This type of injury is indicated by your head being violently flung backward and then forward, straining the muscles and ligaments of your neck beyond their normal range of extension.
Whiplash can have serious and long-term physical effects. The hyperextension of your neck muscles and ligaments can damage your vertebrae, discs, muscles, and nerves of the cervical spine (the portion of your spine extending from the base of your skull down your neck). This damage can lead to chronic pain lasting for several years.
You may develop whiplash symptoms within 24 hours of your car accident. These symptoms may include:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain
- Blurred vision
- Numbness in your hands and arms
- Back and shoulder pain
Because whiplash does not create any outwardly visible signs, it is important to seek medical attention following a car accident, especially a rear-end accident. Diagnosis of an injury is an important part of recovering compensation for your injury-related expenses.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by someone else, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with experienced accident lawyers in Miami.